Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

`We Want the Fans to Have Something to Shout About'

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

`We Want the Fans to Have Something to Shout About'

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Byline: By Paul Gilder

Paul Arnison has already tasted the joy of promotion with Hartlepool. Now the defender is determined to repeat the feat as a Carlisle player, as Paul Gilder reports.

If creating a goal for Ian Rush and helping to steer Hartlepool into the Second Division represent the high points of his career, facing up to life outside the Football League this summer has been a distinct low for Paul Arnison.

"It has been hard to come to terms with," admitted the 26-year-old who, just five months after the Victoria Park promotion party became part of a Carlisle side facing inevitable relegation with two-thirds of last season still to play. "We just have to have a positive attitude and make sure it's only for 12 months, because none of us want to be playing in the Conference."

For the first time in 76 years, Carlisle will not be in the Football League this season. Arnison, who worked with players of the calibre of Rush while a Newcastle trainee and reserve, is confident the exile will be brief. "After the disappointment of last season the manager told us to get away from it all this summer," he said.

"We have all done that and the mood has been good in pre-season training; having said that, the team spirit was good even during the bad times of last year.

"The lads are all very close and we all want the same thing. We want to win the league and we want to do it at the first time of asking. We are all pushing in the same direction and it is the right direction. The only way is up."

The bookmakers agree and a Carlisle side who came desperately close to mounting yet another great escape in the second half of the last campaign have been installed as the favourites to clinch the Conference crown.

Manager Paul Simpson, who took charge of a team in an appalling state after the sacking of Roddy Collins, said: "In recent seasons we have been the favourites to go down, so it's nice that people think we can go the other way. …

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