Neil McDonald becomes first managerial casuality of the season


13th, August 2007


neilmcdonald.jpgUnbelievable. Only one game into the new season, and Carlisle have already decided to part company with their manager Neil McDonald. McDonald, a former Everton player, took over from Paul Simpson at the start of last season after he left to take over at Preston, and guided the club to eighth in their first season back in League One.
United drew their first game of the new season on Saturday 1-1 at Walsall, but a statement on the club website, revealed: “The board of Carlisle United regret to say that they have lost confidence with Neil McDonald and are terminating his contract forthwith. They thank him for his hard work at the club and wish him all the best for his future career.”

McDonald admitted his shock after being dismissed, saying: “This is obviously a major surprise to me. I am absolutely amazed this has happened so early in the season but I am not prepared to say anything more at this point.”
Gregg Abbott, the club’s reserve team manager and first-team coach, has been appointed as the club’s caretaker manager and will take charge of the side tomorrow night for their Carling Cup first-round trip to Bury.

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  1. Allen says:

    Insane. Unless there’s something really nasty we don’t know about, like he was raping children or something or just got caught drink driving for the 4th time, this shouldn’t happen. Why isn’t the board of directors fired for this? They should be ashamed of themselves. If they had so little confidence in him they absolutely should have gotten rid of him back in May and found a new manager and given him the entire off-season to build the team.

  2. suse says:

    good grief!are the board mad?

  3. John says:

    I agree with Allen, something is going on behind the scenes, Mac has had a great pre season, great first season and the fans liked him, unless the board have a high profile manager ready to take over,but somehow i doubt it , something is going on unless Mac is going to rejoin big Sam at Newcastle, maybe we will get to know the truth one day???