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Monday, 25 May 2015

Abbott: Carlisle Utd players still have time to win new deals

Greg Abbott insists there is still time for players to change his mind about new contracts at Carlisle United with only two games of the season left.

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Greg Abbott

Manager Abbott says he is “almost there” with his decisions on who to offer new deals and who to release when the campaign ends in nine days’ time.

But the Blues boss claims this weekend’s trip to promotion-chasing Bournemouth is a great opportunity for players to make a late case for a deal.

“Yes, seriously, they can [change my mind],” Abbott said.

“We have two games to go and it is up to everyone to do things properly right to the end.

“We have got to make sure we make the right decisions. We are almost there with them all but there is always the opportunity for somebody to make you look at things differently.”

Abbott’s claims on his plans for his squad is a further hint that he will be the man to lead Carlisle into the 2013/14 campaign, although there is still no confirmation from the club over a new contract for the manager. The Blues manager is adamant United’s current form – they are unbeaten in six games – proves they are finally moving in the right direction after a difficult campaign.

“I was always a bit more confident than everybody else that we would come out of trouble,” he said.

“I’ve said numerous times that, given our best players and everybody fit, we’re a handful and a match for anybody.

“We need things to go our way, we need a bounce with luck, injuries and so on, but I don’t think we’re a million miles off having a squad ready to compete next year.”

United are urging fans to buy their tickets in advance of Saturday’s game at Bournemouth as the Cherries will not be operating cash turnstiles on Saturday.

The game is allocated seating and tickets are on sale at Brunton Park’s main ticket office until 5pm today, priced £20 (adults) and £11 (concessions).