George Elek tweeted on Monday afternoon that Arsenal u23 boss Kevin Betsy was a sudden odds-on favourite to be the next Crawley Town manager.
The Daily Mail then reported that Crawley had been considering Emma Hayes, but after ending their interest in the Chelsea Women’s boss they’ve turned their attentions to Betsy.
Leading the Arsenal u23s to a third-place Premier League 2 finish and an EFL Trophy run to the quarter-finals, Betsy had made really good progress with a side that only narrowly avoided relegation before he took over this season.
But Betsy is now Crawley’s first-choice candidate to take over as their manager for next season.
Even if Betsy doesn’t end up at Crawley, he’s also drawing interest from Swindon Town and Cheltenham Town. So it looks like if he wants to get involved in the senior game, he may well have that opportunity before long.
Arsenal won’t want to lose a good who is doing such a good job with their youngsters, but they’re also unlikely to stand in his way if a great opportunity comes up.
It’s somewhat an inevitability that u23 coaches eventually move on when they get senior opportunities. The only disappointment would be that Betsy only lasted a year in North London.
Should Betsy leave, u18 head coach Dan Micciche may well be in line to step up, after a strong end to the season with his side.
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