Flashback: ‘Hopeful of promotion’, ‘Great appointment’ – Plenty of Carlisle fans were delighted with this bit of January news

It might seem much further in the past than it is, but less than a year ago Carlisle United appointed Steven Pressley as their new manager.

It came after a solid start to the season under John Sheridan, but he opted to drop out of the Football League to take over as boss of Chesterfield. That left Carlisle searching for another manager just a few months after having to replace Keith Curle.

Pressley had previously managed Coventry City, Falkirk and Fleetwood Town, winning the Scottish Challenge Cup in 2012 and lifting Manager of the Month three times. That success hadn’t quite transferred to his career in England, but he seemed a good appointment. “I’m coming here with the aim and ambition to achieve promotion this season,” he said on his arrival at Brunton Park.

“We’re really pleased to have Steven on board. He impressed us immensely during the interview process and his enthusiasm to take what is a very attractive job on really shone through,” said chairman Andrew Jenkins.

“He’s taken time to watch us, and he spoke a lot about the fact that he’s seen us play the type of football he likes to see. He’s identified that there are good players here in the squad and he feels he can continue the fantastic work that has already been done this season.”

Less than a year later, he’s gone. They’ve replaced him with virtual unknown Chris Beech, but few fans have lamented the departure of the former Rangers and Celtic man. His record hasn’t been impressive and the Cumbrians have gone backwards, both in terms of squad depth and league position.

Whilst hindsight is a wonderful thing, we thought we’d have a look back to see exactly how the news was received when he arrived earlier in the year. It seems he was warmly welcomed, with only a few dissenting voices. His record wasn’t too bad at all and fans of Coventry City certainly saw value in him getting another job in football.

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