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MANAGER: He's a real top personality

Paul Simpson on the return of Geoff Haugh on a part-time basis

3 March 2022

With manager Paul Simpson looking to bring subtle changes to the mood in the dressing room he turned to a familiar face this week when he had a quick chat with Geoff Haugh, who was part of the medical department during his first spell as manager with the club just over 16 years ago.

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Not just heavily qualified and experienced, Geoff adds a different voice to the squad, blended with a true passion for the Blues.

“He’s a real top personality,” the new boss explained. “He was a big part of what we had here last time, and this time I literally asked him if he would come in and do something.

“I told him I can’t pay him, he’s doing me a favour, and he just said brilliant, when do you want me to start.

“He’s a different face around, he gives Ross a hand in that medical side of it, and it gives us another member of staff to help push us on and to make the environment better.

“He helps us to make things more professional and that’s what we’re here for. If we make it right for the players, and they’re performing, it’ll be really right for us as well.”

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“He’s just coming in as an extra pair of hands,” he added. “I love his personality, his character, and he’s coming in because he can do all sorts of things.

“Ross is pulling out all the stops to do everything, so Geoff can go in the gym with players when Ross is out on the training ground. He’s just going to be another really positive person to have around the building.

“It’s a voluntary basis, a couple of days a week and on match days. I really liked the job he did for us the last time, when he was in.

“He’s Carlisle football fanatic, and at some point he might even get involved in doing a quiz on a journey because he is Mr Information.

“I want positive people around, I want everything we possibly can to help the players, because if we’ve got good people helping them then they’ll go and perform.”

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