Gregory resigns as Crawley boss due to heart operation

John Gregory has stepped down as manager of Crawley Town PHOTO: - Mandatory by-line: Harry Trump/Pinnacle

John Gregory has stepped down as manager of Crawley Town PHOTO: - Mandatory by-line: Harry Trump/Pinnacle

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John Gregory has stepped down as manager of Crawley Town.

The 60-year-old former Aston Villa boss, who was appointed a Reds just over a year ago, is set to undergo major open-heart surgery in January.

Gregory’s operation in the new year will require a lengthy period of recovery and the club announced his resignation, with immediate effect, this afternoon.

Crawley have moved quickly to name an interim manager as former Wolves boss Dean Saunders will take charge of the club.

The 50-year-old former Welsh international’s first game in charge will be at home to Colchester tomorrow.

Gregory leaves Reds in the League One relegation places which they dropped into after a 4-1 defeat away at fellow strugglers Leyton Orient yesterday.

He had vowed to fight on in his post-match press conference on Boxing Day despite their third consecutive defeat leaving Reds without a win in eight.

Pressure had grown on Gregory in the last few months with a number of fans at The Checkatrade.com Stadium voicing their concerns, but the club is adamant that the manager’s departure is nothing to do with recent performances.

More to follow.