Return of the Dack: Former midfielder named assistant boss

Crawley Town's Stadium
Crawley Town's Stadium

Jimmy Dack is back at Crawley Town as the club’s new assistant manager.

The 43-year-old made almost 100 appearances for the club during two spells in the mid 1990s and early 2000s during their dramatic rise to the Football League.

The well-respected former Reds midfielder is Mark Yates’ new number two and his first appointment in his reign at the Stadium.

Former Cheltenham Town boss Yates admitted he knew straight away Dack was the man he wanted at his side.

He said: “I spoke to three or four candidates but within half an hour of talking to Jimmy I knew he was the right person.

“He’s got a lot of experience of League Two and he’s a very good coach and a bubbly character who will be great around the training ground and the club. I’m delighted he’s agreed to join us and I look forward to working with him.”

After a long playing career in non-league football Dack moved into coaching and in 2011 was appointed assistant to Newport County manager Justin Edinburgh.

The following season Newport were promoted back to the Football League after a 25-year absence via the Conference play-offs.

From there, when Edinburgh left to join Gillingham in February, Dack stepped up to the role as manager, which he continued in until the end of the season.

He said: “It’s amazing to think that 20 years after I played for the club I am back at Crawley Town as Mark’s assistant. The club’s rise has been amazing over the last few years and one I have followed closely and it is great to be part of Crawley Town in this role.

“I’m looking forward to working with Mark and the players and I can’t wait now for pre-season and to help get us prepared for the challenges of a new season.”