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Crawley Town re-appoint former manager until end of season

Crawley Town confirmed that they have re-appointed their former manager John Yems until end of season.

He comes in for a second spell as head coach after recently working with Eddie Howe at Bournemouth and helped Crawley avoid relegation despite a 10 point deduction when in charge back in the 2007/08 season.

Yems replaces Gabriele Cioffi, who left the club on Monday following a run of just one win in 11 League Two games.

John said: “It is an absolute honour to become manager of a club I hold in great esteem.

“The circumstances are of course sad because no one likes to see a manager leave the club and I know how popular Gabriele Cioffi was with the staff.

“I have seen quite a few of our games this season and I think we have a very good squad. You don’t beat the likes of Norwich City without having decent players, so I think our future is very bright.

“I’m really looking forward to working with Edu and the rest of the coaching staff and having Dannie as part of our management group as well. He played for me back in 2007 during his first spell with the club and he is a proper professional. It’s why he’s still an important part of the playing squad at 40 years of age.

“We haven’t been on the best of runs recently but I think we haven’t had much luck either. That can quickly turn and we’ve got a virtually fully fit squad now which helps too. Like I said, the quality in the squad is there. I’ll bring some fresh ideas and a lot of passion and hopefully I can utilise my 30 years of experience and contacts in the game to help too.

“I can’t wait to be back in the dugout on Saturday at Stevenage and I hope the travelling fans get right behind the team. I want to get the feelgood factor back at the club and have everyone on board and pulling in the same direction.”

Erdem Konyar, adviser to chairman Ziya Eren, said: “We’re delighted to have John with us. He is hugely experienced at all levels of football and Crawley is a club which holds a special place in his heart.

“It has been a tough week for everyone, but we wanted continuity and to make a quick appointment and we’re looking forward to what John can achieve with us. Onwards and upwards.”


After finding out who were Crawley Town appointed as their new manager, fans gave a mixed reaction, some were pleased and others didn’t even know who he was – see those tweets on the next page.


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