Carlisle United Set For Summer Overhaul

Plenty of player movement can be expected when Carlisle United announce their retained and released list later today, with manager Paul Simpson eluding to a heavy summer overhaul.

A 2-0 defeat to Derby County on the final day of the season would finally put an end to the Cumbrians torrid season which saw them pick up just 30 points in League One. As a result, Simpson’s side would finish at the bottom of the third tier table and will be straight be going straight back down into League Two having gained promotion via the play-offs the previous year.

Quite the overhaul can be expected this summer despite playing in calmer waters next season and many players are expected to be moving on.

No less than nine first-team players are out of contract this summer and it doesn’t exactly seem likely that too many of those will be offered new deals after performances this season. Furthering that, a couple of signings which haven’t worked out could also be transfer listed, and it’ll be worth monitoring what Simpson opts for later today.

Included in the nine who are out of contract are this season’s top goalscorer Jordan Gibson as well as club captain Paul Huntington, and there’s no certainty that either will be offered new deals.

Speaking to the News & Star ahead of releasing this season’s retained and released list, Simpson insisted that he was to be ruthless with his player decisions.

“There will be some difficult conversations but I have to have those, because it’s fairly obvious we’ve fallen well short this season. I have to look at myself for that as well.

“If I’m honest, we maybe used sentiment a little bit too much last year in terms of our recruitment and players who stayed, and I’m the fall guy for it.

“There’s no place for sentiment at all. We have to be ruthless and make decisions we hope and think will be better for long term future of the club – and that we can build a squad capable of fighting at the right end of the table next season.”

Writer’s View

After the season that the club has had, it will come as no surprise to see plenty of names on the released list later today. As the manager has stated, it has simply not been good enough this season and the recruitment has certainly played a part in that.

They’ll be looking to get that right this summer and by the looks of it, the club will be taking a different approach to their business. With the backing of the Piatak family, a better showing can be expected pitched back into League Two next season and their increased budget should help.

Bar potentially Paul Huntington, it seems unlikely that any of the out of contract players will be given a new deal and quite the overhaul is therefore expected.

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