The traipse up north will be a trechorous journey for any side, 23 league teams will have to complete the tough assignment where they could easily walk away with nothing after a shattering trip. It took time for newly appointed manager Keith Curle to adapt to his new surroundings at Brunton Park. The Cumbrian’s finished 20th after an exhausting season which saw them off to a slippery start. They drew just 3 of their first 33 games, but they took 17 points from their final 13 games to accelerate clear of the drop zone.
Ghanaian striker Derek Asamoah was drafted in during the winter to add more firepower to the Blues strikeforce, he certainly complied, ending up with 6 goals in the second half of the season and the clubs joint top scorer. Under former manager Graham Kavanagh, David Amoo regularly found himself bench warming, the ex Liverpool forward, who can also play on the wing, dragged himself back into the plans of Keith Curle with an impressive pre season, he will hope to regain his reputation as a fans favourite and goalscoring winger with a double figure total by the beginning of May.
Last seasons signing from St Mirren, Danny Grainger, took the captains armband off the retiring Paul Thirlwell. With the Scot in his first season in England, and more importantly with Carlisle United, it may not have been wise to give a so called ‘newbie’ the responsibility and leadership that comes with the armband. As I mentioned earlier, Derek Asamoah has the ability to take a team forward with all his experience but not be involved as much as a defender or midfield, therefore seasoned veteran Gary Dicker should assume the responsibilities.
Teenage sensation Kyle Dempsey moved on to bigger and better things with Huddersfield Town in the summer. Manger Keith Curle will have to spend the money wisely on young hungry players to fill the enormous void Dempsey has left. Two of these names are League One duo Jason Kennedy and Bastien Hery. The former ended the season as a loanee with the club, scoring 3 goals in his short spell on loan from Bradford City. The two should work like clockwork with midfield enforcer Gary Dicker to strengthen Carlisle in the centre of the park.