There have been some developments since my last blog post on Crawley Town on Monday (which you can read here) http://realfootballman.com/2015/05/11/what-now-for-crawley-town/ and in my opinion it’s good news as Dean Saunders will not be returning to Crawley Town next season as he has taken the recently vacant managerial post at Chesterfield. How Dean Saunders has ended up getting that job I have no idea, this is a man who got Crawley relegated and Chesterfield ended up in the League 1 play-offs but I suppose it’s not really my problem. The only thing I will remind Chesterfield fans of is that Dean Saunders has managed 3 clubs in the last 4 seasons and they’ve all been relegated, so approach with caution as it could very well be 4 clubs in 5 seasons come next May.
Anyway that brings us onto who will take over the now fully vacant hot seat at Crawley Town, here is a list of the opening odds through Skybet
Now I can’t say that’s a list that fills me with too much confidence. Favourite David Hockaday is probably best known for his short spell at Leeds United under chairman Massimo Cellino last season which didn’t last all that long and before that he hardly pulled up any trees at Forest Green (pun intended). Next up is current Leeds manager Neil Redfearn, I can’t say i’d be too impressed by him but credit to him he has managed to steady the ship at Leeds after all the crazy goings on there this season. Then there is Danny Wilson who has good experience of the lower levels so wouldn’t necessarily be a bad shout, with 4th favourite being Brian Deane (not sure where all these Leeds names keep coming from) whose only managerial appointment was between 2012-2014 for Norwegian side Sarpsborg, the appointment of Deane would be somewhat of a punt but maybe that’s what Crawley need for someone to come in with a completely new remit for the club at not some journeyman manager at the helm.
Speaking of journeyman managers, another man to supposedly throw his hat into the ring is ex Brighton boss Micky Adams. This morning he has declared an interest but not forgetting he has just taken Tranmere down to the National League with a much bigger budget than Crawley had in a league above, so I don’t think he would necessarily be a hot favourite for the job. Craig Brewster who guided Crawley over the line to League 1 Promotion back in 2012 is at 16/1 and could be a decent shout but whether he can make the step up from Coach to Manager is yet to be seen. Then the market opens out to some more wider punts at albeit bad value, the likes of Stuart Pearce and Phil Neville at 16/1 which I can’t see happening in a month of Sundays while Paul Scholes is an outrageously weird shout at 33/1, as for John Carver at 25/1 you can keep the £1 in my opinion. Surprisingly there seems to be no mention of Alan Curbishley in the odds anywhere, if he isn’t linked with a job then you know you are in trouble.
Crawley Chief Executive Michael Dunsford has said there have been over 30 applicants for the job, but there seems to be no inclination as to who (bar Micky Adams statement of intent) the process will have to be sped up now that Dean Saunders has taken over the Chesterfield job, with Dunsford himself saying an announcement will be made next week. Let’s hope for Crawley fans that their most important appointment of their embryonic Football League history is the correct one.