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Top six favourites to become new Swindon manager as boss leaves club for Crawley

The top six favourites to become new Swindon Town manager is revealed as boss Scott Lindsey leaves the club for Crawley Town.

As expected after speculation last week, Crawley’s third permanent manager of the season is Scott Lindsey from Swindon.

Lindsey took over at the County Ground from Ben Garner as Head Coach in June, having previously been their assistant manager last season.

He leaves along with assistant Jamie Day with the club sat in 8th place in League Two, but won just two of their last nine matches across all competitions.


Swindon Town can confirm both First-Team Head Coach, Scott Lindsey, and assistant Jamie Day, have left the club to join Crawley Town.

Lindsey was appointed Head Coach at The County Ground back in June last year, making the step up from assistant.

During his spell in the hotseat, Scott guided Town to the play-off places in EFL Sky Bet League Two, playing a key role in the development of young players, with our identity, vision and values at the heart of everything he did.

Everyone here at the football club would like to express their sincere thanks to Scott and Jamie for their commitment and hard work during their time here, and wish them all the best in their next venture.

Gavin Gunning and Steve Mildenhall will take charge of the first-team on an interim head coach basis, with work continuing behind the scenes to appoint our new Head Coach.

Town Technical Director, Sandro Di Michele, said: “I’d like to place on record my gratitude to Scott and Jamie for their hard work and dedication during their time with us.

“They leave us in a healthy position in the League Two table and have helped develop a squad of young players capable of competing with the very best sides in this division.

“I would like to wish them all the best as they embark on the next chapters in their careers at Crawley.”

Club Owner, Clem Morfuni, added: “We’d like to take this opportunity to thank our fans for their continued support and patience during the last week or so, and we know they will get behind Steve, Gavin and our players in the short term.

“Due to legal protocols, we have been unable to provide comment or respond to questions regarding the futures of both Scott and Jamie, and have chosen not to post on our social media channels until we had an update on this matter and could move forward.

“Our prime aim is now focused on bringing in a new Head Coach who shares the same drive, ambition, vision and values as we do in order to drive us forward, with promotion this season very much still our intended target.”


Crawley Town Football Club is delighted to announce that Scott Lindsey has been appointed as the new First-Team Manager on an initial two-and-a-half-year contract. Lindsey joins the club, having spent the first part of the 2022/23 season at promotion-chasing Swindon Town.

Lindsey will be joined at the Red Devils by Jamie Day, who will serve as Scott’s Assistant Manager. Day had been serving as Lindsey’s Assistant at the Robins this season before his move to West Sussex. The former Bangladesh international team manager has held several first-team manager roles himself, including two spells at Welling United.

Scott enjoyed a successful playing career which lasted well over a decade and included spells with Gillingham, Dover and Welling United. His first coaching role came at Folkestone Invicta as a player/coach, but he left the club in January 2009 to become a Technical Development Coach at Gillingham. Following the appointment of Chris Sutton as manager of Lincoln City at the end of September 2009, Lindsey was appointed first-team coach at the club and would later serve as caretaker manager. Lindsey began his first spell with Swindon in 2014, where he joined as U18’s Manager. Lindsey left his role in 2016 to take the Assistant Manager role at Forest Green Rovers but returned to the County Ground in 2021 to join former Manager Ben Garner as the Robins’ Assistant Manager.

Upon joining the Reds, Lindsey said: “I’m really excited to be here. It has taken a while, but I am delighted to finally get the deal done and over the line. I am straight to work on the training ground tomorrow, they are a great group of lads, and I look forward to working with them. When Crawley put the approach in to Swindon, I was immediately excited and wanted to see what it was all about. It was clear to see the plan that Chris and the owners have in place and how they want to move the club forward. Working with Chris every day will support me, and it is clear to see that this is a progressive club who are only looking to move forward. I look forward to meeting all of the fans on Saturday and getting stuck into the challenge.”

Director of Football and Interim CEO Chris Galley said: “We are delighted to welcome Scott and Jamie to Crawley Town Football Club. We have been impressed with the way that they worked at Swindon this season, and you can see why they are high up in the table this year. Their work ethic is excellent, and their desire to win speaks volumes. They really impressed us during the interview process and we are extremely happy that we have secured their services for the second part of this season. They join us at the perfect time as we are well into the January window. Scott has time to assess the team, and I look forward to working with him in the near future as we look to help this club grow. We all want Crawley to succeed, and we are only looking up the table from here.”

Co-Chairman Preston Johnson said: “We’re thrilled to have Scott and Jamie joining the club. I know they will demand the best out of our footballers and staff both on and off the pitch and help us set a new bar for CTFC in 2023. And, of course, I’m confident they’re the best for the job to keep us from getting relegated, which I know is all anybody ultimately cares about the rest of this season.”


BetVictor – Wed 11 Jan 2023
Chris Hughton – 5/2
David Artell – 5/2
Paul Caddis – 8/1
Danny Cowley – 8/1
Marc Bircham – 12/1
Steve Cotterill – 20/1

This is what twitter users said as the top six favourites to become new Swindon manager is revealed while the boss leaves the club for Crawley…

@dave01921275: Clearly cared for the club and gave his all but this feels good all round. Just hope for a strong appointment coming soon 🔴⚪️

@beckylawrence11: 🤣🤣 can’t believe we have got money for him

@Dan_W_Johnson: Jumped before he was pushed. See you in May Scott. #STFC

@rachw101: Glad it’s resolved but ‘chosen not to post on our social media channels until this was resolved’ was the wrong move imo. Plenty other content you could & should have been sharing.

@CraigDeanClem: About bloody time. But no apology/reason for the radio silence of the past 5 days? Crawley posted several posts a day on their socials, so really there’s no excuse. Yes, we understand they couldn’t post about Lindsey, but to go dark on SM is piss poor from the club. #stfc

@Mountford_14: Don’t want to see people be like “oh he clearly didn’t care for the club then” when you know for a fact it was basically the fans baying for his blood that has pushed him out #STFC

@ijwilmer81: Can all the #STFC fans please calm the fuck down now?! We knew it was coming, as per the statement, legally not able to say anything, patience is always key people!! 🤣

@wbannister7: anyone else realising how weird this will look for football fans who don’t pay much attention to league two? a manager leaving an 8th placed side to join 21st in the same division #stfc

@pieman80: Right, new manager and signings please #stfc

@hammondt1: How we’ve got money for him I don’t know. Just boring football, scared to attack and even shoot. Thank you Crawley! #stfc

@Adamarriba_: Chris Hughton or Ian Holloway would be my preferences for the #stfc job. No more directors of football and other fancy roles. Just a competent manager with his own backroom team.

@RickyRicketts: For me its about fulfillment of expectation. SL PROMISED us fast attacking football and what we got was a slow possession based negative style. Results have been meh, table position meh, but lost the fans with tactics that didnt entertain. Hughton? #stfc #newdawn @Official_STFC

@JoshBlythSTfc: Welll well well it’s finally been announced , if he’s still there last game of season will be very interesting, now time to get a manger in and start signing players everyone else has had a head start cmon Town ❤️#stfc #swindon #STFC #swindontown #efl

@markkirkman1: Don’t blame Lindsey for leaving. Was constantly accused of being the cheap option, a significant number of fans never really took to him and Crawley is closer to home. From the clubs perspective it saved paying him off.

@max_springer2: Just glad it’s done and we can move on. Seems like the best option for both parties really, hopefully new gaffer can get more out of this squad and get us promoted

@tom_exploring: Didn’t want to see him sacked but wasn’t too bothered if we did either. As usual it all depends on who comes in, how quickly they come in, and what they can get done in the the window at this point!

@Gillybean2022: Good for SL, hope he does well in Crawley (not too well though eh?). Hope he doesn’t take Gladders with him as the rumours suggest. On we go- hope they make the correct decision this time 🤞🏼

@markkirkman1: I don’t think it matters too much who comes in, as success will largely be down to the desire and wealth of the owner to invest in the playing squad.

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