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They say ‘a week in football is a long time’. For Harry Kewell, it’s not been a happy week.
Down in West Sussex, the eyes were raised in the summer when the ex Liverpool and Leeds star turned away from the comfort and non-headline grabbing Watford Under 23’s and headed south to try and turn around the fortunes of a club expected to be challenging for promotion.
Last season’s appointment of ex Chelsea youth coach Dermot Drummy failed to make any impression on the League Two promotion race and his P45 duly arrived not long after the end of the season with Town finishing in 19th place, far beyond where they had expected to be.
Having won promotion from the then named Conference in 2010-11, Crawley are certainly in their infancy in the Football League. However, they have seen one promotion and one relegation in a short space of time and have spent the past two seasons since their relegation desperately trying to keep away from returning where it all began.
Enter stage left, as we’ve seen many times before, an ex Premier League star trying to cut their teeth in the lower leagues, far removed from the riches which have been present throughout their playing career, and working out how to survive against the sometimes not so pretty football and the dreaded drop into the National League.
It might look as something of a gamble to appoint Kewell given both his lack of managerial experience on the front line and also when you look through his League Two counterparts, he is very much in the shade.
For Kewell, it’s been far from a dream start and definitely more of a nightmare that Crawley need to awaken from.
4 games and 4 defeats, out of the Carabao Cup and already in the drop zone. Plenty of time to escape, 44 more league games to go, easy isn’t it?
Possibly not for someone more accustomed to the top 4 of the Premier League and Champions League football, and getting into a rut in this league can take time to recover and whilst 44 games is plenty of time to kick start a season, it needs to come sooner rather than later.
Praying for a gem
With two weeks left of the transfer window, Kewell must be contemplating if there is a gem to be found.
Comings and goings at the Broadfield Stadium have been relatively small and quiet during the summer and despite that, the squad is still full of experience from the likes of Dannie Bulman, Dean Cox and Matt Harrold. Maybe it’s just a matter of time before these Red Devils rise again.
This weekend, they lost to a Cambridge side who were without a point from their first two games and this has likely cast more doubt in the mindset from players to supporters that this might be a very long season especially as a trip to one of the promotion favourites, Swindon Town, is next.
Written by Trevor Knell
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