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INTERVIEW: Exactly what you want to hear

16 February 2016

Captain Danny Grainger on the manager's contract

Club captain Danny Grainger gave us his reaction to the news that first team manager Keith Curle had committed his future to the club with the signing of a new contract this week.

“From a player’s point of view it’s nice to know the manager is tied up because it brings a bit of stability,” he said. “In the short-term things haven’t changed because we’ve been working to a structured schedule anyway. We’re all very much focused on the run-in and on pushing the club forward as much as we can.

“We want to finish this season on a positive note and then carry that on into what we hope will be an even more successful season next year.” 

“There’s a really good feeling around the place and that’s because the gaffer has brought that in with him,” he commented. “The lads enjoy training and they’re enjoying their football, and there are a lot of smiles on faces in the dressing room. 

“Getting news like this means you know the manager is there for the long-run. When things are coming together for the team and the squad that’s exactly what you want to hear. 

“As players we know what the manager wants and I think the club know what he’s trying to achieve as well. He has a real ambition to succeed and, as a Carlisle fan and player, I hope he gets us to where he wants us to be.”

“On Tuesday night at Accrington the challenge is for the team to get back to what they produced in the home game against them ten days ago,” he told us. “Every club gets a couple of games a season where it doesn’t go their way and we’re putting the Newport game down to a bad day at the office. 

“It’s been and gone and the key is how we react. There’s a run of Saturday-Tuesday games coming up and we want to make sure we do it properly so we’re in and around where we need to be come the end of the season.”

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