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John Gregory makes return to English management after taking the job at Crawley Town



Crawley Town have appointed 59 year old John Gregory as their new manager.

His last English position ended when he  was sacked by Queen's Park Rangers in 2007 and has signed an 18-month contract with the League One club.

He replaces Richie Barker, who was sacked last week after a run of eight games without a win, which has left the side in 15th place in the table.

Since he left England, Gregory has had short spells in management in Israel and Kazakhstan. His first managerial position was with Portsmouth, with stints a Wycombe, Aston Villa and Derby following. 

Speaking of his appointment, Gregory said, "I'm delighted to be here, back in English football at a club who have made tremendous progress over the last three years."

"When I met the directors I was impressed by their ambition to keep on moving Crawley Town forward. You can't stand still in football and the potential at this club is enormous."

"We have got a good squad of players and I have every confidence that they can challenge for the play-offs. You have to aim high and I'm really looking forward to getting on the training ground with the players and kicking on."

Gregory's first game in charge will be away at League Two side Bristol Rovers in the FA Cup Second Round on Saturday.

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