Report: Harry Kewell lands first manager job, to be unveiled by EFL club next week
By Harry Sykes
Harry Kewell is set to be unveiled as the new manager of Crawley Town next week, according to a report.
The Argus claim the Leeds United icon, 38, has landed the vacant job at the Football League club after jumping at the chance to prove his dugout credentials.
It will be Kewell’s first job in senior management since retiring from playing three years following a memorable career in which he won the Champions League with Liverpool.
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League Two outfit Crawley have reportedly turned to Kewell as a replacement for ex-Arsenal academy coach Dermot Drummy, who was sacked a fortnight ago.
Kewell, who played in two World Cups for Australia, has coaching experience after working with Watford Under-21s for nearly two years after completing his UEFA A licence before he was sacked last month.
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The former winger has bounced back immediately to land his first manager’s role and prove his credentials in the Football League as Crawley owner Ziya Eren takes another gamble on an inexperienced manager.
Drummy made an encouraging start to his tenure at the Checkatrade Stadium but Eren lost patience after Crawley won just once in their last 14 games to finish 19th in League Two.
Kewell spent his peak years at Leeds and Liverpool but arguably made a bigger impact at Elland after joining the club’s youth set-up aged 17.
He was an integral figure in the David O’Leary side that reached the Champions League semi-finals in 2002 and scored 53 goals in 218 matches for the club.
The ex-winger joined Liverpool in 2003 but his five years at the club were ravaged by injury and his 137 appearances yielded just 16 goals.