The Trust dilema

 

Carlisle United's period of cost-cutting remains a "challenge" and needs the ongoing support of Edinburgh Woollen Mill, according to the Blues' supporters' trust.

In their latest briefing to members, the Carlisle United Official Supporters' Club (CUOSC) also say they have seen early plans for the potential redevelopment of Brunton Park.

Both topics were mentioned in an update provided by CUOSC's United board representatives Billy Atkinson and Jim Mitchell.

"The ongoing project to trim costs and reduce losses was a challenging one, and required the continued support of EWM," the briefing says.

Philip Day's firm have been loaning United money since March 2017.

"The club [has] options regarding the January transfer window, given that a chunk of the squad are on short-term contracts or on loan," CUOSC added.

"Supporting the manager in maintaining his current squad was the top priority."

The stadium issue was also discussed at board level, the supporter representatives added.

 

"Jim had seen early plans for potential redevelopment of BP [Brunton Park], but there were problems due to flooding and insurance to overcome," the briefing said.

"The local media had reported major objections to the redevelopment of the Sands Centre, which might provide an opportunity for a re-think.

"Jim reported the club were seeking to arrange another meeting with council officials to discuss all options."

Regarding disabled facilities - which recently came under scrutiny in sections of the national media - they added: "Two disabled shelters for away fans were in the process of being constructed or acquired, following adverse publicity after the Morecambe game, in which one wheelchair bound fan was photographed sheltering under a brolly.

"External funding was believed to have been acquired to pay for this."

On the funding of the club, meanwhile, they said: "The board discussed options for new investment in the club, given the continued uncertainty.

"It was agreed we would explore schemes at other clubs such as Hearts and Motherwell FC before making any firm decisions. It was important to give members the final say over any new investment proposal, especially if it involved fans' own contributions."

There had been three expressions of interest in positions on the new supporter liaison team, the CUOSC reps added.