The first team coaching staff at Carlisle United consists of a manager, an assistant manager and a keeper coach ... so let's find out a little bit more about them ...
First team manager - Carlisle United
Coventry-born Greg Abbott joined the Carlisle United playing staff as first team and reserve team coach in July 2006.
He left his position as the Leeds Academy U18 Coach to take up the new challenge at Brunton Park.
He started his playing career at his hometown club in Coventry as a youngster before moving to Bradford as an 18 year old, where he was to play 318 games. Such was his versatility that he was used as both a right back and a midfielder, scoring an impressive 44 goals along the way. His 9 year spell at Valley Parade came to an end in the summer of 1991 when he moved to Halifax, but he would spend just one season with the Shaymen, scoring 1 goal in his 34 appearances.
Three months with Guiseley followed, but this was to be a prelude to a move to Hull in December 1992, where he would see out his playing career, making 141 appearances and scoring 18 goals. Having hung his boots up in May 1996 he went on to hold senior positions with Non-League outfits, including the joint managership of Thackley during the 1998 / 99 season. He then had 9 years with Leeds United in a variety of roles including Football in the Community, Academy Coaching and the U18 team Coach.
He stepped up to the caretaker manager role with Carlisle when Neil McDonald left the club and was the natural successor to John Ward when his tenureship ended during the 2008/09 season.
Guided the team to a mid-table finish and a Wembley final in the JPT in his first full season in charge, he repeated the feat ... and went one better by bringing the Trophy home in April 2011 with a well deserved 1-0 victory over Brentford beneath the famous arch.
He has stated in each of his previous three full seasons in charge that the aim for the team is to maintain the theme of steady progression. That remains the case yet again with the play-offs a realistic target this time round.
Assistant Manager - Carlisle United
Experienced midfielder Graham Kavanagh joined Carlisle United for a one month loan spell in October 2008.
This was quickly extended for a further month to provide much needed cover for the injured pairing of Paul Thirlwell and Chris Lumsdon.
Kavanagh, a product of the successful Home Farm Academy in Ireland, has over 650 first team appearances to his name for clubs such as Middlesbrough, Stoke City, Cardiff City, Wigan Athletic, Sunderland and on loan with Sheffield Wednesday.
A full Ireland international, he joined the Black Cats for £500,000 in the summer of 2006 and has enjoyed two spells with the Owls during his stay at the Stadium of Light.
He was appointed as assistant manager to Greg Abbott in the summer of 2010.
Keeper Coach - Carlisle United
Keeper Tony Caig needs absolutely no introduction to Carlisle fans having started his career as a youngster with the club.
Now a full time coach at the club, his career took him from Brunton Park (where he made 284 appearances, including a dramatic penalty shoot out performance at Old Wembley to help his side win the AWS) to Blackpool, Charlton, Hibernian, Newcastle United, Barnsley, Vancouver Whitecaps, Gretna and Workington before making a permanent return to Carlisle at the beginning of the 2010/11 campaign.
Now responsible for the development of the keepers at all levels of the club.