The Argus reports that Harry Kewell is poised to be appointed the new manager at Sky Bet League Two side Crawley Town. His last coaching role was with the Watford Under-21, was lost that job earlier this year. This will be the 38-year-old’s first senior management position.
Kewell is perhaps best known for his time playing for Leeds United. After progressing through the youth team, he went on to make his debut in March 1996. He would then leave for Liverpool in 2003, then having spells in Turkey, Qatar and his native Australia in the final years of his playing career.
Next week it should be publicly revealed that Kewell will step into the hot-seat at Crawley. He’ll become the permanently successor to Dermot Drummy, who lost his job shortly after the end of the season. Owner Riya Eren is said to be keen on trying something a little different to try and bring a spark back to the football club. The Reds finished last season in 19th position, just five points above the relegation places into the Vanarama National League.
Kewell had been linked with the job at Newcastle Jets not that long ago, only to be overlooked for the position. Taking on the job in League Two reflects the fact he wants to have a real crack at management, and is prepared to start lower down the pyramid and work his way up. He’ll be hoping his high-profile status can attract some good players to Broadfield Stadium next season. League sponsors Sky Bet have Crawley priced at 50/1 to win the league next season and 10/1 alone to be promoted. They are ranked one of the outsiders for now, but prices may shorten on the back of Kewell’s appointment being confirmed.