Sheffield United: Opposition chief angered by calls for a clear-out

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Carlisle’s managing director John Nixon has hit-out at claims Graham Kavanagh should have followed Greg Abbott through the exit door at Brunton Park ahead of today’s meeting with Sheffield United.

Kavanagh was placed in caretaker charge when Nixon dispensed with Abbott’s services earlier this week.

Responding to calls among supporters for a complete change of coaching staff, Nixon said: “When you talk about a clean sweep, you are almost asking are we trying to cut out a cancer, and he [Kavanagh] has to go with it because he’s part of the bad?

“I’ve got to say I don’t think any of us on the board see it that way and it shouldn’t be portrayed that way. He isn’t part of the bad. Greg wasn’t bad, at all. I wouldn’t take that line.

“We have got to wait and see. Where does it start and end? If [Kavanagh] has to go, does Tony Caig have to go, then what about the kitman? Do Andrew [Jenkins], I and the board disappear? It could go on and on and become a never-ending situation.”

Former United defender David Unsworth is among those considered as Abbott’s potential successor with Paul Simpson and Dean Saunders, previously of Doncaster Rovers, known to have expressed an interest in the vacant post.