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Keith Curle to leave Carlisle at the end of the season

  • Keith Curle took over at Carlisle back in September 2014
  • The ex-Manchester City captain led them to the play-offs last season
  • But Carlisle are guaranteed to finish outside League Two's top seven this term

By Press Association Sport Staff

Published: 11:07 EDT, 26 April 2018 | Updated: 11:50 EDT, 26 April 2018

Keith Curle will leave his role as Carlisle manager at the end of the season, the club have announced.

The 54-year-old took over the Cumbrians in September 2014, replacing Graham Kavanagh with the club bottom of League Two.

Curle guided the club to safety with a 20th-placed finish before leading them to 10th the following season.

Keith Curle could not repeat last season's play-off finish at Carlisle
Keith Curle could not repeat last season's play-off finish at Carlisle

Keith Curle could not repeat last season's play-off finish at Carlisle

The former England international then took Carlisle into the League Two play-off semi-final where they suffered a 6-5 aggregate defeat by Exeter having led the fourth tier for the majority of the season.

A Carlisle statement announcing Curle's departure read: 'Following a meeting with club directors yesterday, Keith Curle has decided to move on and further his career elsewhere and will therefore leave the club at the end of the current season.

'He will manage the last two games and will assist the club with its retained list for the 2018-19 season.

'The directors and staff would like to thank Keith for his contribution over the last three-and-three-quarter years and wish him well for the future.'

Carlisle currently sit 10th in League Two, eight points adrift of the play-off places with two matches remaining.

Curle captained Manchester City in the 1990s during a lengthy playing career
Curle captained Manchester City in the 1990s during a lengthy playing career

Curle captained Manchester City in the 1990s during a lengthy playing career

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