EWM sponsors Carlisle United kits

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CARLISLE United chief executive Nigel Clibbens insists Edinburgh Woollen Mill are "fully" behind the way the club are planning for the new season.

The new Carlisle United kit, to be worn during the 2017/18 season. Pic credit: Carlisle United
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The new Carlisle United kit, to be worn during the 2017/18 season. Pic credit: Carlisle United

But the Blues director admitted the firm remained "passive" partners of the Blues at the moment.

Billionaire Philip Day's Langholm-based company made a "loan facility" available to United in March, secured against Brunton Park.

United claimed it was part of long-term moves to ease the financial burden on long-serving chairman Andrew Jenkins.

They have also recently been confirmed as United's new shirt sponsors for the 2017/18 season.

Asked whether the club had drawn on the loan facility so far this summer, Clibbens said: "It's a revolving facility, which can go up and down, and we use it as we need it.

"I'm not going to go into how much and when, but it is there to be used. It's no good having these facilities if you don't take advantage of them."

Clibbens was asked whether recent meetings between United's owners and the EWM hierarchy have made it any clearer how involved they want to be with the club's affairs.

"They are very supportive of the club and the way they have dealt with us on the commercial deals we have done demonstrates that, as does making the loan facility available," Clibbens said.

"They are going at a pace they are comfortable with. They watched very closely how we did at the end of last season and they are looking to see how we do this season.

"They are a successful business and want to be associated with things that are successful.

"We've talked to them about the plans for the season and they fully bought into that. We've also talked to them about Keith Curle and his plans for recruitment; they're comfortable and supporting that as well.

"They are getting an understanding of the club and the football world and we'll see where that takes us."

Clibbens said there had still been no talk of ownership change in their discussions with EWM, claiming the firm also had no input into day-to-day decisions at United.

"But they have awareness and we share things with them as we would with anyone involved like they are," Clibbens added.

"Where that takes us, I don't know. It is certainly very passive at the moment but that's no surprise - they've got a business to run themselves."

The new home and away kits to be worn by Carlisle United during the 2017/18 season were revealed last week.

The strips indicate a fresh change for Keith Curle's side, with Umbro replacing Sondico as manufacturers and the front-of-shirt sponsor switching from DSD Construction to the Edinburgh Woollen Mill.

The traditional royal blue home shirt, which features red and white on the neckline and sleeve cuffs, are on sale at the Warwick Road Blues Store.

Away kits, which are carbon grey with "safety yellow" highlights, can be ordered now, ready in time for the start of the new season.

Phil King, Carlisle United's sales and marketing director, said: “We knew when we started talking to Umbro that we were going to get a very high quality of service and product and the strips, training kit and leisure gear ranges are testament to that.

“It’s fantastic to see the EWM branding on the front-of-shirt for the first time, with the World Group logo in its now familiar place on the back of the shirt, just below the collar.

"We think it has all come together nicely and we are really happy with the end result.”

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 3:58PM
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