Crawley Town have today announced that Harry Kewell has been appointed as their new Head Coach. Having spent eight years at Leeds United and then another four at Liverpool, Kewell is a very high-profile boss for the Reds to have.
Town narrowly avoided relegation in the 16/17 season, with Dermot Drummy being sacked due to only maintaining a 15.79% win ratio. It was only two seasons ago that they were relegated from League One so just avoiding dropping out of the Football League isn’t a good enough feat to achieve.
The board will be hoping that Kewell and assistant Warren Feeney can start the rebuilding process. Although no official goals have been set, Director of Football Selim Gaygusuz has said “During his interview Harry showed us great passion – that’s needed to make this team move onwards.”
The ex-Socceroo has not has any experience of managing a senior team, but has spent two years as head coach of Watford’s under 23s. This suggests that Crawley have taken a huge gamble on Harry, appointing him due to the name and 56 caps for Australia.
Arguably the season coming is one of the weakest League Two’s in recent years, with the “big” clubs like Portsmouth and Plymouth getting promoted after many years of trying. This leaves Coventry, Luton and Blackpool if they don’t go up as the more recognisable names in the division. After that a few of the budgets are very similar so the right recruitment could see Town make their way into a play off position, perhaps more.