Dunford: Yates was stand-out candidate

New Crawley Town manager Mark Yates
New Crawley Town manager Mark Yates

Crawley Town chief executive Michael Dunford has said that Mark Yates was the stand-out candidate for the manager’s job.

Former Cheltenham man Yates was unveiled as the new Reds boss today on a two-year deal.

The club had 30 credible applicants for the vacant role after Dean Saunders turned it down and John Gregory left by mutual consent.

Dunford said: “We’re delighted that Mark has agreed to join us. We interviewed some very strong candidates but Mark stood out.

“He has a very deep knowledge of the level we find ourselves at next season and is a first-rate coach.

“The board spoke to several people in the game who have worked with Mark and they were all very positive about his credentials, his knowledge and his enthusiasm and we are looking forward to Mark taking the club forward.”

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