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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

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Carlisle Utd boss extends signing deadline for out-of-contract stars

Carlisle United manager Greg Abbott admitted he is still “some distance apart” from some of his out-of-contract players as he extended the deadline for new deals.

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Greg Abbott

Carlisle United manager Greg Abbott admitted he is still “some distance apart” from some of his out-of-contract players as he extended the deadline for new deals.
The Blues boss had hoped for final decisions from five players after his designated 30-day period ended last night, but now says more time is needed.
And Abbott, who has pledged to update supporters on Monday, dropped a strong hint that not all the five – Lubo Michalik, Tom Taiwo, Peter Murphy, James Berrett and Frank Simek – will be staying at Brunton Park.
The delay keeps fans sweating on the fate of the influential players but Abbott insisted he was “happy” with the situation and most of the loose ends would be tied up over the weekend.
After a day of silence on the subject, the Blues finally released a statement late last night in which Abbott explained the latest position with the five players.
“I’ve spoken to them and it is much, much clearer as to where we are with all of them now,” he said.
“In some cases we have a few bits and pieces to tie-down before we announce anything and in others we are still some distance apart, so I know where I need to firm up the work I have been doing in terms of bringing new players in.”
The latter remark suggests Abbott is anticipating that at least one of the five will join Francois Zoko in rejecting the chance to stay at the club.
Slovakian international defender Michalik has been attracting attention from SPL side Hibernian.
“I know it’s frustrating for the fans because we keep pushing these things back, but none of us want to rush anything unless we absolutely have to,” Abbott added.
“The players concerned respect where I am with all of this and they understand the work I’m doing with a view to getting a squad assembled.
“I am happy that the situation for me and the five players involved is now very clear and we will use this weekend to make sure we are all exactly where we want to be.”
Ivorian striker Zoko this week said he was looking for a club in the Championship after
ending his two-year stay with the Blues.
His move was in contrast to that of defender Danny Livesey, who revealed he turned down a string of offers to stay at United because he is convinced he will end up playing for the Blues in the Championship.
Livesey this week agreed a new one-year contract, with the option of a further year, which will take him to 10 years’ service at Brunton Park.
“I didn’t want to leave the club as I’m happy here and I think we can go forward and get into the play-offs,” said Livesey.
“As soon as we sorted out the financial side and the terms of the deal, it was never in question that I wanted to stay.
“There were clubs who will probably do well next season showing an interest, but all I’ve ever wanted is to play for Carlisle.
“The manager made me feel I have a part to play and it is up to me to come back fit and ready to go in the summer.
“The possibility of getting into the Championship with Carlisle is exactly why I have signed and I owed it to myself to stay.”
Livesey revealed being the father of twins, Ty and Isabelle, who turn one on June 22, is helping to inspire him to produce the best form of his career, just months after he was out of favour and questioning his future at Carlisle.
He added: “When you have a family to look after you have to put them first and it has helped to kick-start me. I have to play well for them and give them the best of me.”

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