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Steven Pressley

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Steven Pressley took over as Carlisle manager halfway through the January 2019 transfer window, and hit the ground running with a home victory over Cheltenham just 48 hours after taking post.

He joined the club on a half-season deal, and agreed a further year with the Blues before the end of the 2018/19 season.

The former-Scotland international played 32 games for his country, breaking a 91-year-old record at Hearts into the bargain when he surpassed Bobby Walker’s 29 international appearances whilst at the club.

Pressley took his first step into management with Hearts at the end of the 2004/05 season when he became joint caretaker manager for the final two games of that SPL campaign.

At just 30-years old he joined George Burley as assistant manager with the Scotland national team, and left that post in September 2009 at the end of the World Cup qualifying campaign.

Having retired as a player, he was appointed assistant manager at Falkirk at the end of summer that same year, and took over from Eddie May in the hotseat in February the following the year.

He was in charge for 138 games with The Bairns, but moved south of the border to take the Coventry City position which had been vacated by Mark Robins in March 2013. It was a turbulent time as the club was docked points and forced to play home games at Sixfields in Northampton, with off-field matters plaguing the outfit at almost every turn.

He left Coventry in 2015, having managed there for 100 games, and worked with Southampton as a scout, before replacing Graham Alexander as manager of Fleetwood Town.

He moved on from Highbury 12-months later and has since had a spell with Pafos, in the Cypriot first division.

His distinguished playing career saw him start with Glasgow giants Rangers, who had spotted him playing for the Inverkeithing Boys Club, and he picked up a Scottish Cup winner’s medal having come off the bench during the Gers victory over Aberdeen.

He joined Coventry City in 1994 and moved back to his native Scotland one year later, where he signed for Dundee United. Three seasons and 100 appearances followed for the Tangerines before he made the switch to Hearts, where he established himself as club captain and a real favourite with the fans.

European competition and more cup success came at Tynecastle, and he also took the role of club spokesman through a difficult and controversial spell of ownership for the Jam Tarts.

He crossed the Old Firm divide in 2006 and became the first player to win the Scottish Cup with three different clubs when the Hoops beat Dunfermline in the final. Short spells with Randers [in Denmark] and Falkirk followed, before he made the step up to manage The Bairns on a full-time basis.

The manager is sponsored by Paul Nicholson, Alfie Teasdale, Ross and Craig Mattinson.