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BREAKING: Keeper coach moves on from the Blues

Tough decision made for family reasons

8 October 2018

Carlisle United Football Club can confirm that goalkeeper coach Dan Watson has left the club with immediate effect, for personal reasons.

Watson, 40, joined the Blues from Port Vale in November 2017 where he worked with Jack Bonham, Morgan Bacon and Louis Gray through the second half of the 17/18 campaign.

United’s director of football David Holdsworth said: “We thank Dan for the service he’s given to the club and we wish him all the best for the future.”

Speaking about his decision, Dan Watson said: “I’ve really enjoyed my time at Brunton Park and I’ve met some fantastic people through my stay here.

“I have a huge amount of respect for John Sheridan and his staff, but I’ve had to make this decision for family reasons.

“It hasn’t been easy, but I felt it better to let the manager know my personal situation so that he can make his decisions and keep pushing the team and the club on to where we all want it to be.

“I’d like to thank him, David [Holdsworth] and the rest of the directors for being so understanding. It goes without saying that I wish everyone at the club all the very best.”

He started his career at Derby County before making a return to his native Midlands to join Wolverhampton Wanderers. A move to Luton followed where his career took a stumble following a cruciate ligament injury.

His rehabilitation took longer than anticipated, so he accepted a move to join Kidderminster Harriers where his playing career came to a close.

He took coaching positions with a number of non-league clubs before joining Port Vale as their under-23 Development Squad lead keeper coach in 2014.

His three-year stay with the Valiants included a spell as their first team goalkeeper coach under former-manager Michael Brown.

Carlisle United will make an announcement on the vacant position in due course.

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