Former Sunderland and Leeds United striker Michael Bridges is interested in the managerial vacancy at Sky Bet League Two club Carlisle United according to reports by the News & Star.

The Cumbrians are inviting applications for the role of first team manager for next season after current boss Keith Curle announced that he will be leaving the club at the end of the current campaign.

A number of names have already been linked to the role with former player Bridges thought to be interested in taking on the job. The 39-year-old frontman spent two loan spells at Brunton Park while he helped the club win promotion from the fourth tier of English football in 2005/2006 after joining them on a permanent basis.

Bridges started his career at Sunderland where he impressed after breaking through to the senior squad from the academy. The player joined The Black Cats from the well-respected Wallsend Boys Club and went on to net 16 times for the Wearsiders.

A move to Leeds United followed and the striker made a huge impact in his first season at Elland Road as The Whites reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup and qualified for the UEFA Champions League by finishing third in the English Premier League. Sadly, the striker was soon hit with a catalogue of lengthy injuries which prevented him from reaching the same heights again throughout his career.

Bridges joined Bolton Wanderers in a bid to relaunch his career before returning to Sunderland but the player failed to impress and dropped down the footballing pyramid.

Three spells with Carlisle United saw Bridges produce 26 goals while the striker ended his career playing in Australia.

Carlisle United are thought to be keen to appoint a successor for Curle but the club are said to be willing to consider all applications made to the club.

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