Keith Curle: New Carlisle boss wants players to play without fear

Keith Curle
Curle had been out of work since February 2013 when he was dismissed by Notts County

Carlisle United will be encouraged to "express themselves" on the field under new boss Keith Curle, who succeeded the departed Graham Kavanagh on Friday.

The Cumbrians are bottom of the Football League after Saturday's 3-2 defeat by Mansfield Town, in spite of a second-half comeback at Field Mill.

Curle has been given the task of saving United's League Two status.

"My teams play with no fear and try to express themselves," the 50-year-old told BBC Radio Cumbria.

"Players will make mistakes in League Two, you expect that, but they will be honest mistakes.

Curle's confidence in Carlisle
Keith Curle has taken control of a Carlisle side club struggling to find their feet in League Two following the disappointment of relegation, but is convinced there is potential within the ranks."If you look at the foundation of the football club, it's superb," he said."I've been lucky enough in my short managerial career to see the best and worst of Carlisle United."I came up with Notts County and we gave Carlisle a footballing lesson, that was when Carlisle were on the slide. A few years previously, I went there with Chester and we got absolutely turned over 5-1."If I can get this going, get the supporters on-side with the players, we can be a force to be reckoned with again."

"So the players will work with no fear in their game, but there are minimum requirements - application, dedication and a willingness to do well."

The appointment ends a 19-month absence from management following his dismissal by Notts County in February 2013.

Nine league games have produced just three points for Carlisle so far this season, under the guidance of Kavanagh and then caretakers Tony Caig and captain Paul Thirlwell.

That winless streak has continued on from a six-match run without a victory in League One at the end of last term, form that ended with relegation to the bottom tier.

Changing the psychology is one priority for Curle, as well as the training schedule for the remainder of the campaign.

"It's going to be morning, noon, and night," he added.

"We're going to have double training sessions, not just physical work, a lot of it will be mental work and analysing games and strengths and weaknesses.

"When you're at the bottom of the table there are weaknesses but, as they showed in the second half, there is potential."