Crawley Town have tonight announced they have sacked manager Richie Barker, following seven games without a win.  Despite the run of poor results, Crawley find themselves in twelfth in League One, and the sacking does come as a surprise, as Barker’s seemed one of the more secure positions in the game.

Ex-Rotherham United striker Barker joined Crawley as manager in August 2012, and led them to a comfortable 10th place finish in their first ever season in League One.  The 38 year old has been touted as one of the new breed of bright, young managers coming through and was earlier this week linked to the vacant Portsmouth job.

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Town released a statement confirming the sacking, and will make an announcement shortly on who will take over the team for the interim.

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