Crawley Town confirm appointment of John Gregory as new manager

An external general view of the Broadfield Stadium before the pre season friendly match between Crawley Town and Crystal Palace at Broadfield Stadium on July 27, 2013
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Crawley Town confirm the appointment of new manager John Gregory on an 18-month deal.

Crawley Town have announced the appointment of John Gregory as the club's new manager.

The 59-year-old, who has signed an 18-month deal, had been expected to take the reins at the League One outfit following the dismissal of Richie Barker last Wednesday.

"I'm delighted to be here, back in English football at a club who have made tremendous progress over the last three years," Gregory told the club's official website.

"When I met the directors I was impressed by their ambition to keep on moving Crawley Town forward. You can't stand still in football and the potential at this club is enormous.

"We have got a good squad of players and I have every confidence that they can challenge for the playoffs. You have to aim high and I'm really looking forward to getting on the training ground with the players and kicking on."

Chief executive Michael Dunford added: "We're absolutely delighted to have John on board. He is very experienced in management with a wealth of contacts in the game and, most importantly, he is really looking forward to a new challenge and being back in English football."

Gregory will take charge of his first game on Saturday when Crawley go to Bristol Rovers in the second round of the FA Cup.

An external general view of the Broadfield Stadium before the pre season friendly match between Crawley Town and Crystal Palace at Broadfield Stadium on July 27, 2013
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