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Monday, October 31, 2005

Hessenthaler Linked To Crawley Job

Former Gillingham boss, and current player, Andy Hessenthaler is the latest name to be rumoured to be interested in the Crawley manager's job.

Forty year old Hessenthaler spent four years as manager at Gillingham until November 2004, and has openly admitted that he wants to return to management. However the combatative midfielder is still a regular in the Gillingham side and has a contract at the Priestfield Stadium until the summer of 2007.

Other names linked to the job include current Oxford manager Brian Talbot, who won the Conference with Rushden in 2001 and League Two in 2003, former Farnboro boss Dean Austin, and Andy Ford.

Early favourite for the job Alan Mullery is unlikely to be named as boss. Mullery's appointment as a consultant appeared to trigger the departure of not only the manager Francis Vines but also two assistants, however the 63 year old former England player chose to watch the Tottenham-Arsenal derby rather than Crawley's defeat at Cambridge suggesting he holds no intention to manage the ambitious club.

Crawley fan site ran a dubious poll over the weekend for the fans choice for next manager. Nigel Clough topped the poll, with Alan Mullery and Danny DeVito (yes, that one) coming in joint second. Gordon The Gopher beat George Borg, Terry Brown, and departed assistant Murray Jones in the poll.