'We don't have enough players with male genitalia; they are weak and soft'
After Carlisle's 3-1 loss to Accrington Stanley, Curle savages his team and says: 'They are players who don't deserve to be professionals. They are weak.'
Published 07/04/2015 | 18:25
Carlisle manager Keith Curle has claimed that he doesn't "have enough players with the male genitalia" to field a side, as he lambasted his team in an extraordinary rant.
Speaking after his side succumbed to a limp 3-1 defeat away at Accrington Stanley on Monday, Curle pulled no punches in highlighting the ineptitude of his team.
The 51-year-old told BBC Radio Cumbria: "We’ve got to play people with the male genitalia to go out and play, but I don’t think I can do that as I’d only start with five or six players because I don’t think there are players there that have got the male genitalia.
"Those players need to know that basically they’re soft.
"The strength of character in that changing room is alarming weak.
"You've got to be accountable for yourself and have pride, there are players who can't say they care because they put in a performance that shows they don't.
"They are players who don't deserve to be professionals. They are weak."
The loss to Accrington makes it five games without a win in League Two for 21st-placed Carlisle, and Curle has laid the blame firmly at the feet of his players.
He continued: "I’ve had to tell players individually what I thought of their performances, and yes it did get personal.
"There’s no spirit in that changing room - they’ve got no male genitalia. They are weak, and we need a reaction.
"They need a poke, and I’ve given them a poking. The goals we’ve conceded are not even at Sunday League level."
This isn't the first time Curle has spoken frankly in an interview this season - in January he publically branded wantaway midfielder Alex Marrow a "sick-note" and criticised his attitude and commitment to the club.
The fiery manager went on to praise the club's supporters in Monday's interview and suggested that a face-to-face meeting between fans and players could help to get through to his team how unacceptable their performances have been.
"I might get 50 supporters to come down, have an open forum and they can have half an hour with the players," Curle said.
"They can tell them exactly what they think of them, and they'll have to take it. Supporters can see when people aren't giving everything for the shirt."