Greg Abbott

Greg Abbott was most recently Chief Scout at Bradford City.

Abbott began his coaching career at Leeds United working with Brian Kidd at Leeds' academy with the teams from under 10s to under 18s level. Abbott also had a spell as reserve team manager at Elland Road.

At Leeds he also spent a brief spell as assistant manager at his former side Guiseley. After Guiseley, he also combined his role at Leeds, with that of joint manager of Thackley.

In July 2006, he joined Carlisle United as assistant manager to Neil McDonald. Abbott was then appointed as caretaker manager when McDonald left Carlisle on 13 August 2007.

He won five of his ten games in charge to guide Carlisle to fourth position, before Carlisle appointed Cheltenham Town manager John Ward as their new manager. Abbott continued as assistant manager role with the club.

Ward and Abbott led Carlisle to the League One play-offs where they were defeated by Leeds United in the semi-finals.

When Ward and Carlisle parted company, Abbott was once again appointed caretaker manager and would go on to win three games before being appointed manager on a permanent basis on December 5, 2008.

In his first full season in charge, Abbott led his side to the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final, in front of 73,746 fans. Despite Carlisle narrowly missing out to Southampton, the game capped a memorable journey en route to Wembley. The Cumbrains would then go on to finish the season (2009/10) in 14th place in League One.

Abbott and Carlisle would then go one better the following campaign in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, by defeating Brentford 1-0 at Wembley. It was only the second victory in a Football League Trophy final in the club's history. Greg also improved Carlisle's league position that season, by finishing 12th in League One.

In 2011/12 Abbott's side finished 8th and at the time of his departure in the 2013/14 season, he held the position of the 3rd longest serving manager in English football.

Born 14 December 1963, Abbott started his playing career with his hometown team Coventry City.

He then joined Bradford City, where he won the Division Three title in the 1984–85 season.

Abbott then went on to have spells with Halifax Town and non-league Guiseley before joining up with former manager Terry Dolan at Hull City. He retired in 1996.

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    • Carlisle United:
      • Johnstone Paint Trophy Winners, (2011-04-03)
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