Craw­ley boss makes 20 win­dow sign­ings!

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By John Lyons

WHEN the trans­fer win­dow closed on Wed­nes­day night, Craw­ley Town man­ager Der­mot Drummy was en­ti­tled to breathe a sigh of re­lief.

He had, af­ter all, signed an in­cred­i­ble 20 play­ers over three­and-a-half months to re­con­struct the Red Devils’ squad. Ac­cord­ing to the BBC that made the League Two out­fit the busiest club in the sum­mer trans­fer win­dow, along­side League One side Old­ham.

Drummy had been ap­pointed in the dy­ing em­bers of last sea­son, suf­fer­ing 3-0 de­feats at al­ready-rel­e­gated Da­gen­ham & Red­bridge and mid-ta­ble Bar­net. It meant a 20th place fin­ish in the Foot­ball League base­ment and time for sweep­ing changes.


“My­self and my as­sis­tant Matt Gray had to get work­ing straight­away,” said Drummy. “Matt has a wealth of knowl­edge of dif­fer­ent lev­els of the game and had a lot of play­ers on his list.

“Be­tween us, we’ve brought in 20 play­ers and I’m re­ally happy. If I can’t work with them, there’s some­thing wrong.

“We have put so much time into re­cruit­ing and I’m just glad the next phone call isn’t go­ing to be some­one ask­ing if we need a player!

“Ev­ery­one is in now and I can shut the door, and let the play­ers bond.”

With so many new sign­ings, there is al­ways a dan­ger that not all will be up to the level re­quired but Drummy, a for­mer Arse­nal and Chelsea youth coach­ing spe­cial­ist, has been de­lighted with what he’s seen so far.

“I’m happy with ev­ery­one I’ve signed,” he said. “I’ve been pleas­antly sur­prised with what I’ve seen so far. Sometimes the team have tried to play out from the back and we’ve been pressed – it hasn’t been per­fect, but we’re get­ting there.

“It was al­ways go­ing to take time and at­tack­ing-wise there’s a lot more to come. The idea is for the play­ers to play what they see. I want us to play through mid­field and the play­ers to use their foot­ball in­tel­li­gence – I’m against the per­cent­age ball to a zone.”

Hav­ing worked with the cream of the coun­try’s play­ers, it’s no sur­prise the 55-year-old wants his side to play at­trac­tive foot­ball and he’s pos­i­tive it can work in League Two.

His team haven’t made a bad start – ahead of yes­ter­day’s game at Portsmouth, Craw­ley were ninth in the ta­ble, hav­ing lost just one of their first five matches.

“I’ve been im­pressed with the stan­dard and there are teams that get the ball down and play,” he said. “As for our­selves, we’ll see where we are in De­cem­ber and set a tar­get.

“For now, we want sta­bil­ity and to make sure of our League sta­tus. If the squad is per­form­ing well and in the top half in De­cem­ber, we can make a push.”

And in the New Year, Drummy can think about new sign­ings…

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Im­ages

SHOUT­ING THE ODDS: Wheeler-dealer Der­mot Drummy and, inset, one of his 20 sign­ings, Ja­son Ban­ton

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