Crawley Town appoint Whittingham has first team coach

Guy Whittingham
Guy Whittingham

Crawley Town have announced the appointment of Guy Whittingham as their new first-team coach.

Whittingham comes to the club with a wealth of experience as a player, coach and in management.

Reds’ boss John Gregory brought him out of the Army in 1989 when he was in charge of Portsmouth and Guy embarked on a career which saw him score 156 goals in more than 400 games between 1988-2001.

After scoring 88 times in 160 appearances for Pompey, Guy went on to serve Aston Villa, Wolves, Sheffield Wednesday, Watford, Peterborough and Oxford as well as two further spells at Fratton Park.

Guy, 49, cut his teeth in management in non-league with Newport IOW, Bracknell Town and Eastleigh prior to joining Portsmouth’s coaching staff as development coach in 2009.

Two years later he took over as joint caretaker manager and was then promoted to the role as first-team manager following the departure of Michael Appleton last year. He left his post at Fratton Park last month.

Guy said: “I’m delighted to be here working at such an ambitious and progressive football club.

“One of the attractions was working with the Gaffer again. I guess I owe my professional career to him because he paid £450 to buy me out of the Army all those years ago.

“A lot has happened since then but I was keen to come in and work with John again. Obviously I have had my own experience of management so I know what it’s like but it’s great to be bhere. I know a few of the lads and I watched the Bristol Rovers game last Saturday so I know that we have a very talented squad.

“I’m really looking forward to tomorrow’s game. Football is all about momentum. You can see we have a good team spirit already and that can take us a long way.”

John is delighted to have Guy on board his coaching staff.

Gregory said: “He knows the lower divisions very well and he works hard and he’s a very good coach. Being a manager is a huge responsibility so he won’t have that and he can focus on making some good players even better.

“In particular, he will be working with our strikers. We have a problem scoring goals and I want him to transfer his knowledge onto our forwards in particular. Initially he will spend some time on that side of our game.

“He is a quality individual who will do everything in his power to improve Crawley Town FC.”