PROFILE: Crawley Town’s new boss Mark Yates

Cheltenham Town's Mark Yates (right) is tackled by Steve Palmer of QPR during tonights, Tuesday 12th August 2003,  Carling Cup match at Whaddon Road, Cheltenham.  PA Photo: David Davies.
Cheltenham Town's Mark Yates (right) is tackled by Steve Palmer of QPR during tonights, Tuesday 12th August 2003, Carling Cup match at Whaddon Road, Cheltenham. PA Photo: David Davies.
  • Yates led Cheltenham Town to the League Two play-off final in 2012
  • For Kidderminster he had a win rate of 42.40% in 217 games
  • In 257 games in charge of Cheltenham, Yates had a win-rate of 36.19%

Crawley Town’s new manager Mark Yates has previously managed Kidderminster Harriers and Cheltenham Town - who he both played more than 200 games for as a player.

Yates took up his first managerial position with former club Kidderminster in January 2006.

Cheltenham V Cobblers. 'Mark Yates. NNL-141019-132925009

Cheltenham V Cobblers. 'Mark Yates. NNL-141019-132925009

In his first season in charge helped the club avoid relegation from the Conference Premier before in his second season securing a top-half finish as well as an FA Trophy Final place at the new Wembley Stadium. He was twice voted Manager of the Month in 2007.

Yates was appointed manager of Cheltenham Town in League Two in December 2009.

He led them to the League Two play-off final in 2012 which they lost 2–0 to Crewe Alexandra.

Yates guided Cheltenham to the League Two play-offs again in 2013 only to lose to Northampton Town 2-0 on aggregate.

Yates was sacked by Cheltenham Town after almost five years in charge on November 25, 2014.

For Kidderminster he had a win-rate of 42.40% in 217 games, and for 257 games in charge of Cheltenham, he had a win-rate of 36.19%

As a player, the central midfielder played 237 games for Kidderminster Harriers scoring 40 goals between 1994 and 1999 before moving to Cheltenham Town, playing 227 games scoring 21 goals. He returned to Kidderminster in 2004, playing 12 games.

He started his career in 1988 at Birmingham City (54 appearances, 6 goals) before going on loan to Colchester United (25, 6).

In 1991 he joined Burnley (18, 1) before again going on loan, this time at Lincoln City (14, 0).

Before joining Kidderminster in 1994, he played 34 games for Doncaster Rovers scoring 4 goals.