Saunders: I may bring in staff, but Gregory will be back

Dean Saunders the new Crawley Town manager watches his side against Colchester (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-141228-182307002
Dean Saunders the new Crawley Town manager watches his side against Colchester (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-141228-182307002

A question mark hangs over Paul Groves’ future at Crawley Town with the new interim boss planning to evaluate at every aspect in the next few days.

Former Wolves boss Dean Saunders took charge against Colchester for the first time on Sunday less than 24 hours after news that John Gregory was stepping down.

The 60-year-old ex-Aston Villa boss is set to undergo major open-heart surgery in early January.

The operation will require a lengthy period of recovery, but Saunders has said he expects him to return to manage the club again and that his own role will be a short-term one.

Despite that, Gregory’s right-hand man Groves may by surplus to requirements if Saunders moves to bring in all his own staff.

He said: “I will have a look at all that next week. At the moment I have come in on my own and when you are only somewhere for five months, it’s hard to even sign a players as he’ll say ‘how long are you going to be there?’ and I said five months.

“He has helped me today and done a good job, he’s a great man, but lets get this game out the way and come training, we have got two weeks and we can have a look at everything. I haven’t even seen the training ground yet.”

He added: “Michael Dunford asked me would I come in as the manager is not well and needs an operation. I had to think about it and then John actually rung me himself and asked me, would I help?

“The plan is that he will come back and if I can come in now and just help the club get out of where it is.”