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CHIEF EXEC: A lot of the spadework is done

Nigel Clibbens on summer recruitment

20 June 2023

As you would expect at this time of year, there’s a lot going on in the background as the manager looks to bring a squad together that can compete in League One this coming season.

But there’s certainly no sense of panic, as chief executive Nigel Clibbens confirmed this week.

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“What’s important for everybody to understand is, coming up to the end of the season, Greg and Paul have been running two plans in terms of what a squad might look like in League One, and what a squad might look like in League Two,” he explained.

“There’s been a lot of thinking about relevant targets, and things like that. A lot of that spadework’s already been done.

“But then you’re into trying to get people through the door. The reality is that, other than a few deals that take place early, the nature of Leagues One and Two is that lot of deals come late in a rush.

“Whilst you can get players in, the players who are recruited early tend to be the ones that cost the most, then you have to look at value for money.”

“Everybody’s comfortable with where we are,” he added. “I’ve been to see Simmo and Greg this afternoon [Monday] and they were taking calls while I was actually there.

“Everything’s under control, they know exactly what they’re doing, it’s all position and specific stuff. It’s very much club-led, not agent-led.

“It’s players they’ve identified that they’d like to get to come to the club, rather than following up, ‘We’ve got the next best thing for you Carlisle United…’ which can take you down a different road.

“Simmo’s back from his break, straight into it, and him and Greg have had lots of meetings, and they’re at it again tomorrow.” 

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