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CONTRACTS: Coaching staff deals agreed

17 May 2013

Contracts agreed in principle

Manager Greg Abbott, assistant manager Graham Kavanagh and first team coach Tony Caig have all agreed, in principle, new one-year contracts which will keep them in their current roles at Brunton Park through the 2013/14 season.

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Abbott, 49, joined the playing staff as first team and reserve team coach in July 2006 having left his role at the Leeds Academy to take up the post.

He stepped up to the caretaker manager role with the Cumbrians when Neil McDonald left the club at the start of the 2007/08 campaign. He was then the natural successor to John Ward when his tenureship ended just over one year later. 

Abbott guided the team to a mid-table finish and a Wembley final in the JPT in his first full season in charge and went one better twelve months later when his team brought the trophy home with a well-deserved 1-0 victory over Brentford beneath the famous arch.

Kavanagh, 39, initially joined United on-loan from Sunderland in October 2008 and went on to make over 50 appearances in the first team when he made the move a permanent one later that year. 

He progressed through the ranks to work as player-coach and assistant manager and is now close to completing his UEFA pro licence.

Caig, 39 spent his formative years as Brunton Park where he made the number one spot his own with almost 300 appearances for the Blues. 

His career then took him to Blackpool, Charlton, Newcastle United, Hibernian and Canada, amongst others, before his return to Cumbria and Workington four seasons ago. He started to train with the club as goalkeeper coach during the 2009/10 season before moving into the position full time the following season.

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