Former Celtic man Steven Pressley's passionate Carlisle interview

By David Walton

October 15, 2019

Former Celtic centre-back Steven Pressley poured his heart out after Carlisle United’s 4-2 home defeat to Crewe at the weekend.

“Elvis”, as he’s known in Scotland, has been struggling with the League Two outfit since the start of the season. United sit in 20th position in the division, and have won just one of their last six games.

Steven Pressley is struggling with Carlisle United (Chris Vaughan – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Pressley has failed to turn the team’s fortunes around since being appointed back in January. This also comes after struggling spells with Pafos, Fleetwood Town, and Coventry City respectively.

But his post-match interview after the loss to Crewe shows just how passionate he is about turning things around down south. Have a look at the video below to see just how furious big Elvis was.

A promising managerial career that just hasn’t picked up

It feels like a long time since Pressley started his managerial career with Falkirk all the way back in 2010 after Eddie May resigned. He failed to keep Falkirk up despite playing some beautiful football, and then failed to get them back up at the first attempt.

He even managed to recover when he managed Coventry through administration and turned them into playoff contenders. However, despite that, he ended up going on a poor run of results that led to his sacking in 2015.

Steven Pressley hasn’t had much luck in management (Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

But there’s always been a peculiar nature to Pressley’s interviews when times are tough. Here, he’s clearly trying to show his passion to turn things around with Carlisle. And, in fairness to the former Parkhead title-winner, he deserves a bit of a break when it comes to football management.

Hopefully we see Pressley back in Scotland again with another SPFL club. It’s difficult to ignore his sheer enthusiasm for managing, and his appetite for it is impressive despite the setbacks he’s had in the profession.

Pressley has battled some big names in the past (Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

The big former centre-back always wore his heart on his sleeve when it came to his playing days. However, he’s shown some terrific energy as a manager too. The fact he only has a Scottish Challenge Cup medal to his name as a boss is sad to see.

With a bit of luck, Pressley turns things around and steers Carlisle to safety. But if he fails with The Blues this season, you have to wonder how many more managerial jobs he’s going to get.