How did they do?
Carlisle took their play-off challenge to the final day of the season before being pipped to seventh spot by Newport County. They finished 11th and won as many games (20) as all four play-off teams but lost 18 times. Their record of eight draws was the fewest in the division, along with Crewe, Grimsby and ourselves.
Who’s in charge?
Steven Pressley took over as manager when John Sheridan left for Chesterfield in January. The 45-year-old had a stellar playing career in his native Scotland, playing 32 times for his country and representing both Old Firm clubs as well as Hearts and Dundee United. After assisting George Burley, when he was Scotland manager, Pressley had two seasons in charge of Coventry City and then had a spell as Fleetwood manager.
Carlisle have released Richie Bennett, Anthony Gerrard, George Glendon, Arthur Gnahoua, Peter Grant, Jason Kennedy, Gary Liddle, Gary Miller after their contracts expired. This week, defender Macaulay Gillesphey left the club by mutual consent. Assistant manager Tommy Wright and coach Paul Murray have also left as Pressley re-shapes his backroom team.
Pressley has already been busy in the transfer market and made three signings. Former Gateshead defender Jon Mellish – an England C international – has arrived on a one-year contract and two full backs have been signed from Scottish clubs. Christie Elliott, who plays on the right, has arrived from Partick Thistle and left-sided player Jack Iredale has come from Morton. Pressley believes the Scottish market could be productive for the Cumbrians as he looks to freshen up their squad.
Who might be coming?
Carlisle have been linked with several players including Rotherham striker Jerry Yates and Nathan Thomas, who has played on loan at Carlisle and is expected to be released by Sheffield United.
How is their pre-season shaping up?
Carlisle kick off their preparations against Hibernian on July 9. As well as playing non-league Penrith and Chester they also have a game against Fleetwood Town in their schedule.
Midfielder Mike Jones made 91 appearances and scored five goals for Reds in a two-season spell between 2012-14. The 31-year-old then had two years at Oldham before joining the Cumbrians in 2014. Last season he played 28 games after recovering from an ankle injury which kept him out for nearly three months and has clocked up more than 100 appearances for the club.