Carlisle United: Keith Curle unimpressed by trialists

Keith Curle
Curle won his first game in charge of Carlisle against Tranmere on Saturday

Manager Keith Curle said trialists given an opportunity at Carlisle United were given a "wake-up call" after a 8-0 friendly thrashing by Newcastle United.

Premier League side Newcastle named several first-team players in their line-up for the behind-closed doors fixture on Tuesday.

Carlisle gave several unnamed players a chance to show their talents but the performance failed to impress.

"No one has snapped my hands off," Curle told BBC Radio Cumbria.

"I spoke to one of the clubs where the trialists had come from, who said the best thing is that it's a wake-up call.

"They've looked at Carlisle, bottom of League Two, a point adrift and we're not snapping their hands off to take those kids. At this particular time, we're not ready to take them on board."

Curle, who took over from Graham Kavanagh midway through September, is also reluctant to add new faces to his squad while he continues to assess the players currently at his disposal.

"I haven't given a fair opportunity to everybody in that changing room," he added. "Some people haven't had enough game time with me, watching them in what I call good competitive games.

"Until I'm happy I've seen everybody, I won't be able to make decisions."

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