Two stories have dominated the League on headlines this week, as Crawley Town and Bristol City announced their new managers.
Firstly, Crawley moved to replace Richie Barker by appointing former Aston Villa boss John Gregory. Gregory, 59, has been managing in Israel and Kazakhstan since 2009, and makes his first return to English football since he was sacked by Queens Park Rangers in 2007. Despite his exile from English football, Gregory is confident he can take Crawley into the playoff places at the first time of asking.
"I'm delighted to be here, back in English football at a club who have made tremendous progress over the last three years," Gregory said upon his arrival. "When I met the directors I was impressed by their ambition to keep on moving Crawley Town forward. You can't stand still in football and the potential at this club is enormous. We have got a good squad of players and I have every confidence that they can challenge for the play-offs. You have to aim high and I'm really looking forward to getting on the training ground with the players and kicking on."
Bristol City were hot on the heels of Crawley in announcing their new boss, as Steve Cotterill was appointed to replace Sean O'Driscoll. Cotterill, formerly of Portsmouth and Burnley, is noted for keeping Nottingham Forest afloat in the Championship after the disastrous Steve McClaren era, and will now be charged with the task of keeping the Robins in League One.
Bristol City vice chairman Jon Lansdown was delighted to land his man, as he said; “I'm delighted that Steve has chosen to join Bristol City Football Club. I believe he has the drive, energy and ability to get us back to winning ways. He is passionate about bringing success to this club and I am looking forward to working with him to achieve that.”
Elsewhere in League One, the nominations for Manager and Player of the month have been announced. Simon Grayson (Preston), Mark Cooper (Swindon), Uwe Rosler (Brentford) and Steve Evans (Rotherham) are up for the managerial award, whilst Joe Garner (Preston), Ryan Lowe (Tranmere), Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury) and David Mooney (Leyton Orient) will battle for the player's accolade.
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