Crawley Town interim manager Lewis Young 'more than ready' to take job permanently after Mansfield win

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Interim manager Lewis Young says he is ‘more than ready’ to take up the role permanently following Crawley Town’s 3-2 home win over Mansfield Town.

The Reds’ third consecutive win under Young has moved them up to 21st in the table, three points clear of the League Two drop zone.

Crawley have won their last two league games since the 33-year-old took temporary charge two weeks ago.

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Although Neil Ardley and Carl Robinson are among the bookies’ favourites to take the Reds job, it seems the ex-Crawley full-back must now be the clear favourite.

Interim manager Lewis Young says he is ‘more than ready’ to take up the role permanently following Crawley Town’s 3-2 home win over Mansfield Town. Picture by Cory PickfordInterim manager Lewis Young says he is ‘more than ready’ to take up the role permanently following Crawley Town’s 3-2 home win over Mansfield Town. Picture by Cory Pickford
Interim manager Lewis Young says he is ‘more than ready’ to take up the role permanently following Crawley Town’s 3-2 home win over Mansfield Town. Picture by Cory Pickford

“I feel like I’m more than ready [to take the job],” said Young after his side beat fourth-placed Mansfield. “I’m excited for the prospect, so if it’s me that gets the job then brilliant.”

Reds co-owner Preston Johnson has declared Young as a potential candidate for the job, whilst Chris Galley, the club’s technical director, said Crawley will ‘see how this week goes’ before making an official announcement.

The Reds have now scored ten goals in three games under Young. In contrast, the team managed just ten goals in 12 League Two matches under former manager Kevin Betsy.

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“They’ve just wanted to show what they’re about,” Young added. “Hopefully they’ve done that in these last three games.

“If I get the job then fantastic. But whoever it is, I just hope they continue to build on what we’ve done over this past week.”

Ashley Nadesan, Crawley’s number ten, won the man of the match award after netting twice against the Stags.

On the prospect of Young getting the manager’s job permanently, the striker said: “The training and tempo is unreal. All the lads are thriving and he’s a great candidate for it.”