We continue our focus on the new arrivals in League Two by turning our attention to Carlisle United.
Who’s in charge?
Graham Kavanagh was appointed as boss at Carlisle United at the end of September following a successful stint as caretaker in the wake of Greg Abbott’s departure.
The Irish man had a successful playing career with began when Middlesbrough brought him over to England in 1991; he spent five years with The Teessiders during which he had loan spells at Darlington and Stoke City.
In 1996, Stoke took him on a permanent deal and he went on to make over 200 appearances for The Potters before similarly productive spells with Cardiff City and Wigan Athletic.
He returned to the north east in 2006 when Sunderland swooped for his signature before he ended his career with over 50 appearances at Carlisle where he accepted a player-coach role.
When Abbott left the club in early September they turned to Kavanagh to run the show and they subsequently handed him the reins permanently after a promising start.
How did they get here?
Carlisle’s relegation from League One was confirmed on the final day of the season when The Cumbrians went down 3-0 to Champions Wolves at Molineux.
In truth though, the damage had been done during a dismal run prior to that when Carlisle managed to win just one of their final fifteen outings of a frustrating campaign.
The reaction to relegation to League Two after eight seasons at a higher level was swift, as Kavanagh released no fewer than eleven players as he geared up for life in fourth tier.
Where do they play?
Brunton Park opened its gates for the first time way back in 1909 and Carlisle United have been tenants there ever since.
Over the years the stadium has had its fair share of drama on the pitch as well as off it – in 1953 the Grandstand was gutted by fire and in 2005 a terrible flood hit Brunton Park.
When did we last meet?
You don’t have to go back too far for the last meeting between the two sides – but it was Carlisle who enjoyed the upper hand when the clubs shared a division two seasons ago.
Former Pools winger Matty Robson first scored to seal The Cumbrians’ 2-1 win at The Vic in September 2012, before also finding the net in a 3-0 triumph at Brunton Park on Boxing Day.
Colin Cooper’s View
"I’m good friends with Graham Kavanagh and we’ve bumped in to each other quite a lot over the course of the last year; I know he’s very keen on putting his own stamp on things at Carlisle after taking over from Greg.
"He’s obviously gutted about relegation but I spoke to him last week and he’s very, very upbeat about what he wants to do next at the club.
"He’s got a good background in the game with the likes of Middlesbrough, Wigan and Stoke as well as with the Republic of Ireland and he’s a real football person.
"We were all keen for Gateshead to come in to the league but I guess now Carlisle becomes our local derby almost so there’ll be bragging rights up for grabs and I’m sure we’ll have two good games."
When do we play them?
The fixtures for the 2014/15 campaign will be released on Wednesday 18th June.