Care­taker’s Drummy ad­mis­sion

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By John Lyons

CRAW­LEY Town care­tak­er­man­ager Matt Har­rold has ad­mit­ted the play­ers must take their share of the blame fol­low­ing the de­par­ture of boss Der­mot Drummy.

Drummy and as­sis­tant Matt Gray left the Reds on Thurs­day fol­low­ing a run of one win in 13 games, and that vic­tory came against bot­tom of the ta­ble Ley­ton Ori­ent.

Craw­ley went into yes­ter­day’s home game against play-off chas­ing Mans­field 21st in League Two but safe from the threat of rel­e­ga­tion.

For­mer Chelsea U21 coach Drummy, 56, was only half­way through a two-year deal with the Reds, but the pa­tience of Turk­ish owner Ziya Eren, who had in­creased the club’s play­ing budget, wore thin.

Striker Har­rold, who took the reins on a one-off ba­sis for yes­ter­day’s sea­son fi­nale against the Stags, told The

FLP: “Re­sults haven’t been great re­cently, but the lads were be­hind the man­ager.


“For ex­am­ple, we con­ceded a late goal against Ply­mouth (Craw­ley lost 2-1 in early April) and we were the bet­ter team against Cam­bridge last week and lost (2-0) – things just haven’t gone our way.

“It’s never nice when a man­ager loses his job and there al­ways that feel­ing you could have done bet­ter. We are the peo­ple who cross the white line, but he’s the one who’s paid the price. We haven’t done well enough.

“I said to the lads that we need to do bet­ter. We are on a very bad run and I’m sure a lot of play­ers will feel they have let Der­mot down.”

As for tak­ing over for the fi­nal game, Har­rold ad­mit­ted the chance had come out of the blue.

Speak­ing on Fri­day, he said: “At the start of the day I wasn’t ex­pect­ing to be man­ag­ing the team by the end of it. It’s been a re­ally busy 24 hours and I’ve never been on the phone so much.

“There is a bit of trep­i­da­tion about it, but I’m sure all the lads will pull to­gether and give their best. It would be nice to try to end the sea­son on a high note.”

As for throw­ing his hat in the ring for the man­ager’s job full-time, the 32-year-old for­ward isn’t so sure.

“I’ve had an hor­ren­dous sea­son in­jury wise, but I’ve still got a lot of am­bi­tion to play. I con­sider my­self a player and I don’t want to move over to the dark side of man­age­ment now.

“I wouldn’t mind the coach­ing side in the fu­ture, but I don’t quite feel ready for it yet.”

Am­bi­tious chair­man Eren has hinted he could go for a young man­ager to fill the va­cant hot­seat.

He said: “We’ve made a new squad with a core of 18. To ap­point some­one who is young could now be ben­e­fi­cial for the play­ers.

“We want to talk to many can­di­dates and find the right man. Within two weeks the new man­age­ment team will be ap­pointed and work will be­gin as soon as possible.

“I didn’t come here for fan­tasy or to waste any time. I have to be suc­cess­ful, and will give ev­ery­thing to the club.”

LUKE Wil­liams has left his role as Swin­don Town head coach in the af­ter­math of the Robins’ rel­e­ga­tion to League Two.

In a state­ment, Swin­don said: “Re­views have taken place and, as a re­sult, the foot­ball club and Luke Wil­liams have mu­tu­ally agreed to go their sep­a­rate ways. We would like to wish Luke the very best of luck for the fu­ture. “The club would also like to con­firm that the search for a new can­di­date to take the club for­ward is well un­der­way.”

PIC­TURE: ProS­ports/ Jar­rod Moore

STAND-IN: Craw­ley care­taker-man­ager Matt Har­rold and, in­set, Der­mot Drummy

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