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Paul Simpson

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Carlisle lad Paul Simpson returned for his second spell in the hotseat at Brunton Park in February 2022, with the club deeply embroiled in a relegation battle.

There was an immediate upturn in results, with the club securing league safety with a month to spare.

Talks quickly followed and a three-year deal, keeping him with Carlisle until at least the summer of 2025, was agreed.

He repaid that faith with promotion to League One – secured in dramatic fashion with a penalty shootout victory over Stockport County at Wembley – at the end of the 2022/23 campaign.

The popular gaffer first became a local hero when he took over a struggling club during the 2003/04 season. He galvanised the Blues, almost saving them from an impossible situation, but led the charge with back-to-back promotions from the Conference into League One through 2004/05 and 2005/06.

A man with a wealth of football and management experience - he won the World Cup at the helm of the England U20 squad in 2017 – he has also managed at Rochdale, Preston, Shrewsbury, Stockport, Northwich Victoria and Bristol City, prior to his return to Cumbria.

Paul is sponsored by Pat & Paul Cody. 


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