The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Joshua Richards

NEW Craw­ley Town owner Ziya Eren wants the club to be play­ing Cham­pi­onship foot­ball within a decade.

The Turk­ish steel mag­nate be­gan work at the League Two club on Thurs­day af­ter ear­lier this week pass­ing the Foot­ball League’s own­ers’ and di­rec­tors test.

Eren, pres­i­dent of Kay­seri Er­ciyess­por for the past ten years, said: “With the knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence I have ac­crued, al­lied to the hard work and pro­fes­sion­al­ism of the ex­ist­ing staff, I’m sure we can suc­ceed.

“We would love to take Craw­ley into the Cham­pi­onship within the next eight to ten years.

“It will take a lot of ded­i­ca­tion and we will need to foster a real to­geth­er­ness be­tween the club, the play­ers and, just as im­por­tantly, the fans, but it is pos­si­ble and we have to be am­bi­tious, to dream.

“Even in a rel­a­tively short time, I have be­gun to un­der­stand that our fans are as pas­sion­ate about Craw­ley Town as those of much big­ger clubs. To travel five or six hours to a game, as our fans do on a reg­u­lar ba­sis, shows an in­cred­i­ble loy­alty, which is unique to English foot­ball and, I be­lieve, one of its strengths.

“I want to re­ally pro­mote a feel­ing of to­geth­er­ness with our ex­ist­ing fan-base but also to look at ways, big or small, to get more peo­ple in Craw­ley and the sur­round­ing area to sup­port the team that proudly car­ries the name of Craw­ley Town. We need to be more proac­tive as a club in do­ing that.”

Eren has im­me­di­ately looked to make his mark on the squad, with mid-ta­ble Craw­ley sign­ing striker Liam McAlin­den on loan from Wolves un­til the end of the sea­son.

The 22-year-old has made 19 ap­pear­ances for Wolves and also en­joyed spells on loan at Fleet­wood Town and Shrews­bury Town.

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OWNER: Ziya Eren

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