Carlisle United Manager Greg Abbott has signed a 12 month contract extension that will keep him in the Brunton Park hot seat until June 2011.

Having originally joined the Cumbrians as Assistant Manager under Neil McDonald in the summer of 2006, he later helped John Ward when he took over, having been the caretaker boss between the two appointments.

When Ward's time in charge of Carlisle came to an end he took over on a temporary basis again, before being handed the post in November 2008 and has recently led the Blues to the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final, knocking out Leeds United on penalties only last week. United currently occupy a midtable position in Coca-Cola League 1 having lost just three times in their last ten league games.

Reflecting on the news a delighted Abbott told told "This is a tough job but it is an excellent football club and I thoroughly enjoy working here.

"We feel that we are making real progress and it is a job that I want to complete. There is still a long way to go, but I have a fantastic relationship with the board and we want to continue to improve things and take the club as far as we can.

"Many of the things that we have set in place have been with the future in mind, and not just for this season, and I am looking forward to continuing that work on into the 2010/11 season."

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