Crawley Town confirm John Gregory as their new manager
Last Updated: 03/12/13 12:30pm
John Gregory: Back in football with Crawley Town
Crawley Town have confirmed John Gregory as their new manager in a press conference on Tuesday.
The 59-year-old famously managed Aston Villa between 1998 and 2002 but was most recently in charge of FC Kairat in Kazakhstan, where he was sacked in December 2011.
Gregory, who also managed Wycombe Wanderers, Derby County and QPR before heading to Israel for spells with both Maccabi Ahi Nazareth and FC Ashdod, won six England caps during his playing career.
He is looking forward to the chance to continue to progress the League One club who are in 15th place and parted company with previous manager Richie Barker last week after a run of seven games without a win in which they scored only one goal.
Gregory told Sky Sports News: "Having spoken to the board over the weekend, their ambitions are quite amazing. They have come a very long way in a very short space of time, from the Conference into League Two and now League One.
"They don't want to stop there. They are an established League One team and they are not living in the past. They want to look forward, are very ambitious, and want to get into the Championship.
"Off the field it is a very secure club financially. My previous two clubs in England I spent 50% of the time looking after financial issues but here I can concentrate on the training ground and match days.
"They sold the club to me and it's fantastic to come back to English football. This is very close to my home in Berkshire and it ticks all the boxes. I'm delighted to be here and very excited.
"I came back to England 18 months ago and when this job became available last week I was excited about the opportunity of maybe coming here. I've been very fortunate the board has selected me to come here and they couldn't have made a better choice."