‘Poppycock,’ ‘Your team, your tactics, your fault’ – These Carlisle fans react to the latest statement by under-fire manager

Under-fire Carlisle United boss Steven Pressley feels his side need to focus on what they are good at if they are to start picking up points.

He also argued his squad is better than they showed in last weeks disappointing performance at Brunton Park which saw the Cumbrians go down 3-1 to the early league leaders Exeter City.

Speaking to the club’s official website ahead of the their visit to Stevenage, he called on his players to return to his preferred passing style of play. He said: ‘Nobody can tell me that you can’t pass your way out of this league because three of the top five passing teams are in the top five now. There’s a bit of a myth about this division that you can’t play this way, and it’s untrue.’

‘At the moment we’ve lost sight of that, and it’s what we need to get back to. I built this team to pass and play; we have a framework we work to and, for some bizarre reason, we put it to one side. The players know it inside out because if I were to walk onto the training pitch and do a throw-in scenario, for example, the players would immediately go to their positions.’


‘Whether or not the players got spooked, I don’t know, but they got away from it. It’s my job now to get them back to it, and hopefully, that’s what we’ll see on Saturday.’

Pressley went on to reaffirm his faith in his squad which he feels he still has a good relationship with but from the reaction to his comments on social media it appears his relationship with many fans is definitely on the rocks. While Carlisle legend Chris Lumsdon recently argued the players should shoulder much of the blame for the Cumbrians poor start to the season which sees them sit nineteenth in the table, the fans are laying the blame squarely at the manager’s office door.

Many want the forty-five-year-old out of Brunton Park with some calling for the return of Blues legend Danny Grainger to manage the club.

Here is a selection of responses to his latest comments on Twitter.

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