Sean O'Driscoll, dubbed the 'Arsene Wenger of the lower leagues' will take charge of Crawley as they make the
step up to League One next season. O'Driscoll has left his coaching position at Nottingham Forest to take the post after
the club sealed back-to-back promotions.
The former Bournemouth and Doncaster manager was optimistic on his new club's future: “They are a club trying to do things the right way. I came to the club and the area three times before I decided to take the job and spoke to a lot of people and I got a very good feel for what has been achieved in the last two years and the potential there is to develop Crawley Town still further.
“This is a challenge I am really looking forward to. My football philosophy is to improve players and the way they think about the game. It is going to be a busy summer. Going from League 2 to League 1 is quite a jump but I’m looking forward to getting started. My message to the fans is simple: Please support your local team.”
“I have been impressed with the owners and people behind the scenes and I am looking forward to helping the club establish itself in League 1."
Craig Brewster, who had been in charge as caretaker manager following Steve Evans' departure, will remain at the club in a coaching role. Steve Coppell, appointed shortly after Evans left for Rotherham, will continue as the club's director of football.
Crawley are an early price of 20/1 to maintain their momentum by winning League One next season with relegated Championship sides, Doncaster and Coventry currently heading the betting at 11/1 and 12/1 respectively. MK Dons, denied by Huddersfield in the playoffs, are also 12/1.