Coventry-born Greg Abbott joined the Carlisle United playing staff as first team and reserve team coach in July 2006. He left his position as the Leeds Academy U18 Coach to take up the new challenge at Brunton Park. He started his playing career at his hometown club in Coventry as a youngster before moving to Bradford as an 18 year old, where he was to play 318 games. Such was his versatility that he was used as both a right back and a midfielder, scoring an impressive 44 goals along the way. His 9 year spell at Valley Parade came to an end in the summer of 1991 when he moved to Halifax, but he would spend just one season with the Shaymen, scoring 1 goal in his 34 appearances. Three months with Guiseley followed, but this was to be a prelude to a move to Hull in December 1992, where he would see out his playing career, making 141 appearances and scoring 18 goals. Having hung his boots up in May 1996 he went on to hold senior positions with Non-League outfits, including the joint managership of Thackley during the 1998 / 99 season. He then had 9 years with Leeds United in a variety of roles including Football in the Community, Academy Coaching and the U18 team Coach. He stepped up to the caretaker manager role with Carlisle when Neil McDonald left the club and was the natural successor to John Ward when his tenureship ended during the 2008/09 season. Guided the team to a mid-table finish and a Wembley final in the JPT in his first full season in charge, he repeated the feat ... and went one better by bringing the Trophy home in April 2011 with a well deserved 1-0 victory over Brentford beneath the famous arch. He has stated in each of his previous three full seasons in charge that the aim for the team is to maintain the theme of steady progression. That remains the case yet again with the play-offs a realistic target this time round.