Former Celtic man Steven Pressley sacked as Carlisle United boss

By Hamish Carton

November 13, 2019

Former Celtic defender Steven Pressley has been sacked as the manager of English League Two side Carlisle United.

The 46-year-old, who was appointed in January, had the Northern side sitting 19th in the fourth tier of English football after a run of just one league win in six.

The Carlisle statement included some quotes from chairman Andrew Jenkins in which he said: “Steven has given his all and has worked tirelessly since the day he joined us.

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“We understand the challenges and have supported him throughout, but we haven’t seen the evidence of progress we expected or needed to see.

“This is not something we can allow to continue, so sadly it is time to change, move on and look forward.”

Pressley follows another former Celtic defender – Gary Caldwell – out of the world of management after he was sacked by Partick Thistle in September.

Pressley has plenty of former Celtic teammates still in management

Pressley and Caldwell are not the only players from Gordon Strachan’s successful side to take the jump into management. His former teammate, at both Celtic and Hearts, Paul Hartley has also had a number of gigs in recent years – and currently finds himself at Cove Rangers.

Hartley looked to be destined for big things while in charge at both Alloa Athletic and Dundee but things have certainly gone south for him in recent seasons. However, his Cove side do currently find themselves sitting five points clear at the top of League Two.

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Mark Wilson is another currently serving in the SPFL – with Brechin City – while Kenny Miller was briefly the boss of Livingston last season.

Massimo Donati is currently number two to Angelo Alessio at Kilmarnock but the best managerial story from Strachan’s reign is a pretty obvious one. Who you may ask. Well it’s Neil Lennon of course.