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Managerial Change At Crawley Green

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Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division club Crawley Green have announced a managerial change.

Mark Smith has stepped down as first-team manager and Dean Bull has immediately taken over the role.

Smith resigned after six years in charge.

Having recently remarried and now living north of Milton Keynes, he decided that the time was right for him to stand down to spend more time with his family.

Smith was appointed manager in October 2011. In his first season Crawley reached the final of the Bedfordshire Senior Trophy where they lost 1-0 to Ampthill Town and followed up by winning SSML Division One Cup when they beat Kings Langley 2-1.

In 2013 Crawley Green again reached the final of the Bedfordshire Senior Trophy but lost 2-3 to Bedford Town.

But two years later, Smith finally got his hands on the Senior Trophy when Crawley beat AFC Oakley M&DH 4-0.

Season 2015/16 was Smith’s most successful season as Crawley finished runners-up in Division One and were promoted to the Premier Division.

They also won the Division One Cup, beating Edgware Town 2-1.

Last season, in what turned out to be his last in charge, Smith led his team to a creditable eleventh-place finish in the Premier Division.

Bull has assisted Smith for the last three seasons after the departure of Terry Shrieves and was immediately offered the role which he duly accepted.

Dean Bull

He will be assisted by Richard Smith, who has joined Crawley from Tring Athletic.

Crawley Green stalwart Stuart Strange has also been added to the backroom team where they join the long-standing Bobby Males to complete the management team.

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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