The Scottish Sun reports that David Hopkin is wanted by Carlisle United to become their next manager. The Cumbrians are looking for a new boss after Keith Curle departed at the end of last season. Hopkin is who they want, currently in charge of Ladbrokes Championship side Livingston.
The 47-year-old is currently growing a strong managerial reputation for himself at Livingston. After winning the League One title in 2017, he is looking to back it up with promotion into the Premiership. They face Partick Thistle over two legs, starting on Thursday, to determine if they can make it back-to-back promotions. Hopkin, who played for the likes of Leeds United, Chelsea and Crystal Palace as a midfielder, is currently focusing all his attentions on the play-off.
With Sky Bet, Hopkin has been on the end of plenty of backing from punters. A few weeks ago, he was the second-favourite. Now, he is the 6/4 outright favourite ahead of both Jim Bentley and Matt Jansen, who manage Morecambe and Chorley respectively.
Nigel Clibbens, the chief executive at Carlisle, has confirmed that interviews are to take place starting from next week. They have arranged to meet with some potential candidates, and then decide which of those is to permanently succeed Curle. Whilst Clibbens stated that they want to make an appointment ‘as soon as possible’, he highlighted the need for the club to undertake a ‘thorough and proper process’ to come to a conclusion ahead of the 2018/19 Sky Bet League Two campaign. The Brunton Park club missed out on the play-offs this time, having made the semi-finals the season before.