A manager’s job is never an easy one. There’s the management of the team, the training and the acceptance that a Sword of Damocles hangs over your head with performances determining when that sword will swing.
These performances, or lack of them, are what often drive a manager to the Job Centre with his P45 in hand – at least in the massive majority of cases. However, it could be a different ‘vehicle’ that is driving Crawley Town manager Harry Kewell to the dole office at some point in the near future.
Crawley are currently sitting in 21st place in the League Two table, on just 17 points from their opening 18 games of the league campaign. To put some perspective on this, the Red Devils sit just three points outside of the drop-zone, the last of those places held by Barnet on just 14 points.
Yesterday Kewell’s Crawley fell to a 4-0 loss in an abject display against Wycombe Wanderers, with man-mountain Ade Akinfenwa chipping in trio of assists and Craig Mackail-Smith scoring a hat-trick of goals.
Hurting from the defeat, and following abuse from travelling Crawley fans, Kewell sought to confront their anger with some of his own (tweet – below).
— PostperHour (@postperhour) November 18, 2017
Kewell was responding to some verbals from the travelling Crawley support with the Sun adding a little ‘colour’ to proceedings with their reporting of the contretemps between manager and fans.
The Sun report Kewell as saying, “Look, I’m not a shy person. I’ll confront anybody. I said at the start that if you have a problem you can always come up and ask me but, you know what, just leave it, because you’re never going to win.”
The tabloid also goes on to report that a fan, who claimed to be in the crowd, alleged that the Crawley boss “came over with a red face” and was shouting “F off.”
Such has been the outcry at Kewell’s actions that many Crawley Town fans are calling for his head, wanting the Aussie cut from the club.
Crawley fans react as manager loses his Kewell at taunting crowd
First fans comment on this Facebook report from the Crawley Observer.
Then fans and neutrals develop their demands on Twitter.
Harry Kewell's spell as Crawley Town manager surely looks to be coming to an end, swiftly.
— Dan Church (@DJChurch94) November 19, 2017
Let me tell you, it’s going very well for Harry Kewell at Crawley Town. pic.twitter.com/weIVXpqzx0
— Tom Carnduff (@TomC_22) November 19, 2017
I don't like advocating managers getting the sack BUT Harry Kewell needs the boot from #Crawley
They'll go down and never come back up with him in charge
— Dan Tracey (@dantracey1983) November 18, 2017
Quite. When Kewell goes Feeney has to go too. The sooner the better if the club is to survive.
— Peter Bellamy (@peterbellamy) November 19, 2017
KEWELL OUT NOW he must go because if we go down we will never come back up fans will go players will go money will go
— ctfc fan (@ctfc_fan) November 19, 2017
100% agreed. Kewell needs to go. Experienced manager and a goalscorer and we should be ok.
— Tom (@ZeroTomTomZero) November 18, 2017
Time is surely up now. Kewell has to go @crawleytown. Been a disaster from the start
— Dan Brown (@sawdustbrown) November 18, 2017
KEWELL JUST SCRAPPED WITH OUR FANS HE HAS TO GO NOW @HarryKewell UNBELIEVABLE DECISION
— Sheznabang (@Sheznabang) November 18, 2017
Very good prediction. We were utter shit.
Kewell has to go.
— df (@crawleyfan) November 18, 2017
However, manager Kewell does have some support from fans.
Anyone at @crawleytown or a supporter of Crawley Town calling for Kewell's head is a mug, he has been in the job less than a season, you were rubbish before he took over… he needs time to work things his way. Fans being abusive are wankers here not Kewell. #Crawleytown
— Arnie (@ArnietheGent) November 19, 2017