Crawley bid to arrest slide by parting ways with Cioffi

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Crawley manager Gabriele Cioffi praised his side's resilience after they beat second-bottom Yeovil 1-0 in what he described as a relegation 'nine-pointer'.

Crawley Town have parted company with head coach Gabriele Cioffi as they bid to arrest their slide down the League Two table.

The Reds announced Cioffi’s departure on Monday and he leaves the club sitting 17th in the League Two standings, seven points above the relegation zone.

Italian Cioffi succeeded Harry Kewell as Crawley manager in September 2018 and successfully kept the West Sussex outfit in the Football League last season, guiding them to a 19th-place finish.

With a full summer to reshape his squad, optimism was high that Crawley could challenge further up the standings this season and, following an opening-day defeat at Carlisle, they only lost two of their next 13 games across all competitions, a run that included knocking Norwich and Stoke out of the Carabao Cup.

However, since seeing off Championship outfit Stoke, Crawley have only won two of their subsequent 14 games and been knocked out of all three cup competitions.

Sunday’s FA Cup second-round defeat to Fleetwood at The People’s Pension Stadium proved to be the last straw, with Cioffi losing his job less than 24 hours later and his assistant, Edu Rubio, being placed in temporary charge.

Crawley are one of three League Two teams currently without a manager as Grimsby and Leyton Orient are still yet to appoint new bosses after parting ways with Michael Jolley and Carl Fletcher respectively last month.

Rubio could well stand a chance of taking over as Crawley boss on a permanent basis if he can turn results around during his interim spell. There are also several managers currently out of work that could come to the attention of owner Ziya Eren.

Former Exeter boss Paul Tisdale falls into that bracket after leaving MK Dons earlier this season and has a proven track record of succeeding in the fourth tier.

Graham Westley is another potential candidate and has a wealth of experience, having managed for over 20 years, but his last few jobs have seemingly not worked out and he hasn’t held a managerial role since leaving Barnet in March 2018.

Following Saturday’s match against Stevenage, Crawley will face home games against Port Vale and Northampton, and away trips to Oldham and Grimsby, before the turn of the year – a relatively friendly run of fixtures that could ultimately decide which direction their season heads in.

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