DAVID HOLDWORTH RE-WRITES HISTORY
David Holdsworth on his new role with Carlisle United
24 August 2018 Andy Hall @officialcufc
United’s director of football David Holdsworth was the guest speaker at Tuesday night’s United for Business meeting which was held in the Legends Bar ahead of kick off at the Port Vale game.
Here is a summary of the questions asked and topics discussed at the meeting, in question and answer format ...
From there I managed Ilkeston, and we got promoted, and I then moved to Mansfield. That was a relegation battle and a very interesting place. They’d just dropped into the Conference and it looked like they were about to drop another level again. The fans were really unhappy, there was no money, but I managed to get them up the table. Winning games was enjoyable but with the other part, off the field, things were horrendous. A new chairman came in and he pretty much wanted to pick the team. I had enough of that, and that was when I walked out.
I made the move to Lincoln, who were in a similar place to Mansfield when I got there, and that was a really tough job. Some of the contract situations they were in were strange and that came down to doing things the wrong way in recruiting players. We stayed up and I managed to save them quite a lot of money in the end. I did that by getting players in who had a bit of spirit and by changing the style of what we needed to do. In any relegation battle you have to stand up to it and be firm, so that’s what we did.
From there I got myself qualified in Sports Science and Nutrition, which meant more time in the classroom than I’d ever done before, even at school. Next from that is the move to Carlisle and I am absolutely delighted to be here.
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