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ACADEMY: Professional development phase coach leaves to join Workington

Gavin Skelton appointed Workington boss

31 December 2018

Carlisle United Football Club can confirm that Gavin Skelton has left his post with the club as Professional Development Phase Coach to join Workington AFC as their first team manager.

Skelton, 37, joined the club’s academy in the summer of 2017 to assist manager Darren Edmondson with the running of the under-18 side.

An approach was made by Workington to speak to the popular coach on the departure of Dave Hewson and, on being notified of the interest, Skelton expressed a wish to pursue the matter.

Talks between the parties have concluded successfully today, and the former-Queen of the South boss will take up his new role with immediate effect.

Director of football David Holdsworth said: “Gavin has asked to leave, and we would never be a club to stand in someone’s way.

“We have expressed to Gavin how highly regarded and valued he is here, and we also told him that we wanted him to stay and continue his work with us here at the club.

“Gavin has taken time to consider his options, and he’s decided that he would like to take this opportunity to get back into first team management.

“We’ve been working closely with Workington since they made their approach and we genuinely wish Gavin all the very best as he moves into this new position.”

Skelton came through the Carlisle United Centre of Excellence system, joining the club as an eight-year-old, and played both sides of the border with over 200 appearances for Gretna in a seven-year stay one of the highlights of his career.

He had a brief spell as player-manager with the Reds during the 2014/15 season before moving north to take the job with the Doonhamers.

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