Coventry kid, and lifelong Sky Blues fan, Greg Abbott has become the first managerial casualty of the 2013/2014 season after being dismissed by Carlisle United.
Abbott, who joined The Cumbrians in 2006 as a first team and reserve coach, became the first team manager in 2008 and until his dismissal this morning was the third longest reigning manager in England behind only Arsène Wenger of Arsenal and Paul Tisdale of Exeter City.
City have already travelled to Brunton Park this season, picking up a 4-0 victory over Abbott’s side, who before the game criticised Coventry’s decision to ground share at Sixfields with League Two side Northampton Town after leaving The Ricoh Arena.
A statement from Carlisle United Football Club this morning read:
“Carlisle United Football Club can confirm that they have today parted company with manager Greg Abbott.
“The board of directors convened following the home defeat against Port Vale on Saturday evening where the detrimental effect of the recent poor run of results on the business was discussed.
“The chairman and managing director then met with Greg Abbott and it was felt that the best thing for the club, and the manager, was for the parties to go their separate ways.
“The board would like to go on record with their acknowledgement and appreciation of the hard work Greg Abbott has done for Carlisle United since he joined the club as first team and reserve team coach in July 2006.
“He has maintained a very professional and close working relationship with everyone at the club and he has put his heart and soul into his stated aim of bringing improvement to every level and area of the business. The trips to Wembley and the year-on-year improvement in league position, prior to last season, were testament to his efforts and dedication to the job at hand.
“This has been a very difficult period and he has worked hard to find the players he felt would help to turn things round through what has been an unbelievable run of injuries. Unfortunately the continued dip in attendances, in direct relation to results here at Brunton Park, left all parties with no other option than to reach this conclusion.
“Greg Abbott leaves Brunton Park with our utmost respect and admiration and we wish him every success for his future in the industry.
“Assistant manager Graham Kavanagh and youth team coach David Irons will oversee all first team matters until such time as a permanent appointment has been made.”