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Will Firing Of League Two Manager Affect Striker’s Loan Spell?

Carlisle United have sacked manager Steven Pressley after the club’s 3-1 loss at Morecambe in the Leasing.com Trophy last night. Carlisle are 18th in League Two after 17 games.

This is the statement from Carlisle chairman Andrew Jenkins:

“We understand the challenges and have supported him throughout, but we haven’t seen the evidence of progress we expected or needed to see.

“This is not something we can allow to continue, so sadly it is time to change, move on and look forward.

“I want to say a personal thank you to Steven, he has been a pleasure to work with and this has not been an easy decision for us to make.

“He leaves with our very best wishes.”

What impact this has on Newcastle striker Elias Sorensen remains to be seen. However, it was getting perilous for the twenty-year-old under Pressley. Sorensen has made only four starts since moving to Carlisle in August. Three of those starts were in the Leasing.com Trophy.

The Danish youngster has played just 153 minutes over six appearances in League Two. He has only one start in which he was yanked at the half due to a tactical change.

Steven Pressley didn’t even give Sorensen a look on Friday in their FA Cup match against Dulwich Hamlet despite playing with three upfront. Pressley made two substitutes to his front three, and Elias was an unused substitute for the fourth straight game.

He did get a full ninety-minutes last night, but Carlisle bowed out of the competition with their loss. We hope that Carlisle’s new manager will give Sorensen more of a chance over the next few months. If not, Newcastle should seriously consider recalling the player.

9 comments so far

  • Mindshaft

    Nov 13, 2019 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #1

    I’ve not seen Sorenson play but he doesn’t seem to have taken opportunity – maybe another who we had great hopes for but ultimately it shows the difference between U23 and even league 1 / 2 football is huge

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 13, 2019 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #2


    Well I’ve not been on for a while, had a read over some stuff from the last couple days and the tension seem as high as ever. This is what Ashley is doing to us and our club, gone are the days when the football was the major talking point, everything is now always brought back to him.

    Ashley is probably the only thing in football less popular that VAR right now.

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 13, 2019 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #3

    For those who always say they love to see us top of the “accounts table”… here’s another bit of “success” for us to revel in. 5th in the green table.


    Very tongue in cheek all, no offence intended.

  • Assassins Inc

    Nov 13, 2019 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #4

    As I said a few weeks back, Pressley came across as a bit of a my way or no way, well Mr Pressley how’s that going for you.

    Hopefully Sorenson can come home and either stay or go to a team that will promise the club he gets some real game time.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 13, 2019 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #5

    Assassins Inc,
    Formerly Nostradamus, that’ll explain things.

  • bettyswallocks

    Nov 13, 2019 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #6

    Prudently concealed being discourteous …………. …… Hidden within this clue there are numerous ways to sat the same thing.

  • bettyswallocks

    Nov 13, 2019 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #7

    Say the same thing not sat. Just to avoid any confusion.

  • RobLeenio

    Nov 13, 2019 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #8

    Mindshaft, if you have never seen Sorensen play (and there have been many opportunities) then you shouldn’t judge him. He’s actually a natural finisher with excellent movement and as such is a very good striker. Nobody ever said that this was lacking, what Pressley seemed to have an issue with was his work when the opposition was in possession, which is something that can be coached.

    As I’ve said numerous times, he played against numerous League 1 and 2 clubs last season with NUFC U21s and scored and assisted a bunch of goals, so he’s already proven at that level.

    It’s ironic that Pressley was fired after giving Sorensen his first start of the season.

  • Assassins Inc

    Nov 13, 2019 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #9

    Took you long enough Jail. Lol


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