MATT: WE LET DERMOT DOWN
Caretaker’s Drummy admission
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.”
STAND-IN: Crawley caretaker-manager Matt Harrold and, inset, Dermot Drummy