Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Shadow Cast on Day of Joy; New Board Face Old Problem with Livesey Set to Go

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Shadow Cast on Day of Joy; New Board Face Old Problem with Livesey Set to Go

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Byline: Stuart Rayner

THE first task of Carlisle United's reshuffled boardroom team will be to persuade the team's star players to stay put as another was linked with a move away from Brunton Park on the day four directors bought out Fred Story's stake in the club.

Goalkeeper Kieren Westwood has left for Coventry City, record signing Joe Garner has been strongly linked with a pounds 500,000 move to Nottingham Forest and there are now suggestions central defender Danny Livesey has asked for a transfer - with Scottish Premier League side Hibernian believed to be interested.

The stories about 23-year-old Livesey's future cast an unwanted shadow over the changes at the top revealed yesterday.

David Allen, Andrew Jenkins, John Nixon and Steve Pattison paid an undisclosed fee for Story's stake in CUFC Holding, which owns 93% of the club's shares, ending Story's four-year spell as owner.

The rest of CUFC Holding remains in the hands of the Carlisle United Trust, who will continue to be represented on the club's board by Norman Steele. Story will no longer be a director of the club but his construction firm will continue as one of its major sponsors.

His takeover of the club in 2004 coincided with a dramatic upturn in fortunes.

The year Story bought the club saw them finally flirt with relegation from the Football League once too often and be demoted to the Conference.

But every season since they have been in contention for promotion from whatever division they have been playing in, rising from non-League to League One in two seasons and nearly reaching the Championship, but for their narrow aggregate defeat to Leeds United in last term's play-off semi-finals.

In announcing yesterday's takeover, Carlisle clarified their directors' new responsibilities.

Allen becomes chief executive and finance director, Pattison is football director, Jenkins remains chairman and Nixon managing director.

Pattison will have special responsibilities for youth development. "We are all extremely honoured to become the new owners of Carlisle United," Allen said.

"We would also like to thank Fred Story for all he has done for the club over the last four years. …

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