We still have seats available on the coach to Stevenage on Saturday if you want to book on - details below and we have now confirmed the buffet at the Sun Inn. Remember to get your match tickets before you travel as they increase by £2.00 on the day - they are available at the club office until Friday at 3.30pm.
On Tueday evening the team selected overcame Lancing in the Sussex Senior Cup winning 7 - 0 which didn't really do Lancing any favours as they actually played very well especially in the first half when the Red Devils went into the break leading 1 - 0 - whether it was fatique in the second half that allowed the team to add 6 more I couldn't say as they kept on trying to play a decent passing game and were undone by the Crawley players closing down and intercepting some of their short passes, safe to say that all the goals were well taken. Will give Edu something to think about on Saturday.
Well, it came as no real surprise that on Monday afternoon Gabrielle Cioffi was relieved from his managerial duties at the club and has now left on mutual agreement.
We wish Gabrielle Cioffi all the very best for the future. It all started very well with league and cup wins, but over recent weeks and months the results became more and more critical as the club failed to register any wins in the league and latterly cup matches. Some could say that it was down to some very poor refereeing decisions that has led the team not getting the results they deserved on their performances, but of late some of the team selection, substitutions and game formation has also been a factor.
Owner Ziya Eren had flown in from Turkey and was at the game on Saturday watching the defeat to Fleetwood in the FA Cup – he couldn’t have been impressed and saying that neither were a lot of supporters who met with him in the car park after the game.
The club now have a chance to appoint a manager who has experience in League football, especially League 2 – Paul Tisdale, Nathan Jones and dare I say Graham Westley, although the latter would not and I repeat would not be the overwhelming supporters choice. It’s the owner and director’s decision time, and I really hope that they make a choice that meets the supporter’s expectations.
We now have a period when the team selection and style will be under a temporary custodian in Edu Rubio who was Cioffi’s no 2 – at least he knows the players and it now up to him to get them playing to their strengths and try and get some positive results starting tomorrow against Lancing in the SS Cup but more importantly on Saturday at Stevenage who are languishing toward the bottom of the league.
When the new manager is appointed, he only has one thing to concentrate his energies, that keeping us in League 2, on the plus side only one team is relegated this season due to the demise of Bury at the start of the season and with the troubles at Macclesfield this may also have a major impact on the relegation outcome.
So we now need to get behind the team and support their efforts and what it also means now is that the players who went out on loan now have a chance to impress the new manager when he (or she) is appointed.
UP UP AND AWAY
STEVENAGE – Saturday 7th December 2019 - 3.00pm kick off – 40 booked on so we have seats available at the moment.
The supporters coach departs from the Stadium at 10.30am and the cost is £20.00. We have arranged a buffet stop at the Sun Inn at Lemsford, where we stopped last season – we will travel straight to the pub before the game with no planned stop – after the game we will travel straight back to Crawley.
OLDHAM ATHLETIC – Saturday 21st December 2019 – 3.00pm kick off.
The supporters coach departs from the Stadium at 7.30am and the cost is £20.00. We have arranged a buffet stop at the Kilton Inn, Knutsford – again this is a new venue for us this season– we will have comfort/coffee stops on each journey at the M6 Toll services.
GRIMSBY – Sunday 29th December 2019 – 3.00pm kick off.
As a reminder this game is on a SUNDAY - The supporters coach departs from the Stadium at 7.30am and the cost is £20.00. We have arranged a buffet stop at the Red Hart, Blyth – where we stopped on the way to Scunthorpe – we will have comfort/coffee stops on each journey at the Peterborough Services.
Overnight trip to Plymouth Argyle – Tuesday 28th January 2020 – Kick off 7.45pm.
Just as a reminder we are going to do the Plymouth Argyle midweek match on Tuesday 28th January as an overnight trip travelling down on the Tuesday leaving at 10.00am and returning on Wednesday at about 10.00am – we have booked 20 twin rooms at the Travelodge Hotel, Derriford about 3 miles north of the stadium – we have to confirm numbers by the end of December – cost is £65.00 if you are prepared to share a room or £95 for a single occupancy – we will need a £30.00 deposit when booking. We aim to get to the Hotel for about 4.00pm to book in and then make our own way to the ground rather than use the coach. As a last resort, if we don’t get sufficient numbers to run the coach we will use our normal minibus. We will find somewhere to have lunch on the way to Plymouth and then on the way back on Wednesday.
To book on any of the above coaches please contact either me or Patrick and we will confirm your seat or see us in REDZ before any home game coming up in the next few weeks