Keith Curle urges against Carlisle United fan protest

Fans need to back Carlisle - Curle

Carlisle United boss Keith Curle is not in favour of a planned fan protest at Saturday's home fixture with Mansfield.

The demonstration follows a petition calling for the board to step down.

"I'm not a fan of protests. I think there are other vehicles available to get the messages across," said Curle, whose side are 23rd in League Two.

"If there are factions that want to speak to representatives of the football club, I don't see the door being closed on them."

In the meantime Curle has been working to improve the Cumbrians' league status, less then 12 months after relegation to the bottom tier.

Numerically, the 3,406 attendance for Carlisle's last home game - a 1-0 defeat by Cambridge - was as low as it has been all season, but a win at Wimbledon and a narrow loss to Bury showed signs of progress.

Curle is concerned that attention from the protest will affect their on-field efforts to improve.

"Right from when it was brought to my attention, my focus hasn't changed," added Curle.

"My focus is on producing a performance that I'm proud of, the players are proud of and the supporters are proud of.

"We want people to turn up to the football club to enjoy the environment, to make sure they fully understand the focus of the players is on retaining the league status and everything the supporters do can have a direct effect on that.

"We want them to come into the stadium with a positive feel good factor.

"I know how the team is performing can change that but they've got to help us as well. We need them as much as they need us."