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MANAGER: It's been a really positive week

Paul Simpson on a positive week

26 November 2023


MANAGER: It's been a really positive week

Paul Simpson on a positive week

26 November 2023

United's draw with Charlton ensured that a positive week off the field at Brunton Park also ended with positives to take on the pitch.

And manager Paul Simpson was pleased to see the momentum carry forward after a week that heralded a new era for the Blues.

"I think it's been a real positive week for us," he said.

"The previous owners have done a magnificent job to keep the football club going and to get us to where we are today. 

"The family - Tom and Patty, Tom and Alice, Jenna and Nick - they've come into it now and I hope that the enthusiasm that they're bringing rubs off onto everyone in the football club.

"There's been smiles on faces over the last couple of days which we've not seen on some people and I really am optimistic for what could come. 

"We have to make sure we're all part of it and doing everything we can to make it a real happy time for us."

A crowd of over 10,500 - with over 9,500 of those backing the Cumbrians - for the club's first game under the Piatak family.

"It was brilliant," said the Blues boss of the support.

"We expected it because of all the excitement and enthusiasm that's going on.

"But I'll say it again, we need to get the football side right. 

"We know that the new owners have come in and they want to make changes and improvements to make it a better experience. I thought the idea of the flags on the seats made a great atmosphere, but we have to get the football right. 

"That's what supporters want to see - yes, it's nice to have canopies over the fan zone, there's a big TV there you get nice pint pots for your alcohol, but they want to come and see a football team that shows the desire and passion we've shown today. 

"They want to see a winning team, and that's what we've got to try and create."

But crucial to making the week a real success was ensuring the takeover was followed by points on the board.

"It was a real celebration and I always find on those type of days you get nothing out of them, so to get a point is big for us," said Simpson.

"It gives us something to build on and hang on to, because the truth is we've got to stay with it and keep focused and together. 

"Everyone in there has got to show they want to be part of it moving forward. 

"Whatever happens in January, they have to do the business between now and then and show they want to be a part of what we want to do going forward."

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