Carlisle United sacked their manager Steven Pressley on Wednesday, and Newcastle fans have a passing interest in who replaces him, with the fortunes of Elias Sorensen lying with their next appointment.

Sorensen struggled for much game time under Pressley, and it could be that whoever comes in will give the young Dane a fair crack of the whip.

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Of course, if the new boss was someone with a Newcastle connection, it could further help the striker’s situation, as well as the possibility of Carlisle taking other Newcastle youngsters on loan in the near future.

So we have come up with four potential managers who have played or coached at Newcastle in the past, who could be a good fit for Carlisle.

Neil Redfearn

Redfearn recently quit his post as head coach of Newcastle’s Under-23 side, with a falling out over the appointment of his assistant this season thought to be the main reason.

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In the days following his resignation, Redfearn was mentioned as a possible successor to Paul Heckingbottom at Hibernian and Daniel Stendel at his former club Barnsley.

As well as being the head coach of the under-23 side at St James’ Park, he was head coach at Leeds for 33 games and for 21 matches with Rotherham. He subsequently managed in the women’s game, with spells in charge at Doncaster Belles and Liverpool Women.

If he got the job it would be welcome news for Sorensen, with the former Newcastle Under-23 coach knowing all about his ability.

Steve Watson

‘Watto’ left Gateshead to make the surprise move to York City in the National League North, although with the events that followed at the Heed, the reason for his departure from Tyneside became more understandable.

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Watson is currently working wonders at the Minstermen, with his side currently unbeaten at the top of the National North table, having picked up an impressive 36 points from 16 games, winning 10 and drawing 6.

As well as knowing how to win games, he clearly has an eye for defence too, with York having only conceded a remarkable nine league goals this season.


He is showing signs that he is ready for an opportunity at a higher level, and Carlisle could do worse than give him that chance.

Mike Williamson

The former Newcastle centre-back replaced Watson at Gateshead, and he has done a good job, while working on a shoestring budget at the troubled National League North club.

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He has consolidated in his short time at the International Stadium, with the club trying to reinvent themselves in a bid to get back to where they were.

Williamson could be the type of bold, left-field appointment that could work at a club like Carlisle, but it would be a high-risk move from a club desperate to avoid dropping out of the football league.

Lee Clark

Another National League North boss, Clark took over at Blyth in the summer, in a surprise appointment, although things have not worked out brilliantly for him so far.

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He may not have had the best of starts at Spartans, with the team failing to win any of their opening 11 league games. But he seems to have turned things around recently, with the Northumbrian side unbeaten in seven league games, winning five of them.

One thing Clark does have, is experience at a high level, with stints at various clubs in both the English and Scottish leagues.

During his time at Huddersfield, he was thought to be one of the best young management prospects in the game, and took his Terriers side on a superb 43-game unbeaten run, which is still a Football League record.

He could have the sort of experience a club like Carlisle would want, and he would surely jump at the chance of another opportunity at a league club.

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