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Che Adams nets hat-trick for Birmingham in win over Crawley

• Harry Redknapp’s team bounce back from first-day defeat with cup win
• Accrington surprise Preston as Billy Kee snatches winner in dramatic finale

After losing their opening match in the Championship Birmingham City, who narrowly avoided relegation last season, needed a quick pick-me-up and the League Cup provided the perfect opportunity which they seized with alacrity by beating League Two Crawley Town 5-1 at St Andrew’s.

The hero of the hour for Harry Redknapp’s side was Che Adams who scored a hat-trick, with David Davis and substitute Robert Tesche also on target before Panutche Camara replied late on for Harry Kewell’s side.

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Che Adams nets hat-trick for Birmingham in win over Crawley

• Harry Redknapp’s team bounce back from first-day defeat with cup win
• Accrington surprise Preston as Billy Kee snatches winner in dramatic finale

After losing their opening match in the Championship Birmingham City, who narrowly avoided relegation last season, needed a quick pick-me-up and the League Cup provided the perfect opportunity which they seized with alacrity by beating League Two Crawley Town 5-1 at St Andrew’s.

The hero of the hour for Harry Redknapp’s side was Che Adams who scored a hat-trick, with David Davis and substitute Robert Tesche also on target before Panutche Camara replied late on for Harry Kewell’s side.

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Harry Kewell: ‘I want to bring something different to the game’ | John Davidson

The former Socceroo made history as an Australian player in the UK and now he wants to do the same as a manager with League Two side Crawley Town

Broadfield Stadium is so nondescript you almost miss it on arrival. Tucked deep in West Sussex suburbia, among green parks and house developments, is the home of Crawley Town. Small, unfashionable but friendly, for most of their 121-year history the club was a non-league entity of little renown. Crawley only climbed into the Football Conference in 2004 and six years ago they reached their highest level ever in League One.

Today they sit in League Two after narrowly avoiding the drop last season. It remains, perhaps, an odd destination for a player who won the Champions League, FA Cup, Uefa Super Cup, a PFA young player of the year award and an FA Youth Cup winners medal during his stellar Premier League career to make his first step into senior management. But Harry Kewell, a son of Smithfield in western Sydney, doesn’t see it that way.

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League One and League Two: a fan from each club previews the 2017–18 season

If the fans who spoke to us are right, Bradford City, Bristol Rovers, Bury, Charlton and Southend United – and a few other clubs – will be in the play-offs

• Championship: fans preview the season

It would be nice to stay clear of relegation and have a comfortable season with a few big wins to keep us going. I’d like a number of our younger players to establish themselves here rather than being bought by Premier League clubs.

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Football League transfers: who has done the best business so far?

Newcastle United have not wasted any time in enlisting Premier League talent, Leeds have been busy and Charlton might just be getting their act together

Those who think Newcastle United will simply stroll back into the Premier League have not paid much attention to the Championship recently. Fortunately for the club Rafael Benítez does not appear to be among their number.

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Crawley Town appoint Dermot Drummy as head coach on two-year deal

• Drummy was Chelsea’s international head coach until January 2015
• ‘I look forward to giving fans winning football that will also entertain’

Crawley Town have hired the former Chelsea and Arsenal coach Dermot Drummy as their new head coach on a two-year contract.

The 55-year-old will replace Mark Yates, who was sacked by the League Two club this week following six successive defeats.

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Crawley Town’s Mark Yates and Jimmy Dack leave with immediate effect

• Manager and assistant depart from League Two side after six straight losses
• Recent form and performance suggests change is needed, Crawley say

Mark Yates and Jimmy Dack have left their respective roles as manager and assistant at Crawley Town with immediate effect. Crawley are 18th in League Two, 14 points above the relegation zone, and have already secured their Football League status for next season.

Related: Steven Pressley’s Fleetwood preserve hope while Blackpool all but lose theirs

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The best goals of the week: Falcao, Vibe, Sow, Cristiano, Forestieri and Popescu

Featuring a brace from India, a long-range lob from Guinea, a solo effort from the Maldives national team and lovely finishes from Brentford, Burnley and Barnet Continue reading…

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League Two 2015-16 fixtures: week-by-week list for the season

Barnet travel to relegated Leyton Orient on opening dayYeovil behind campaign with trip to Exeter8 August 2015: AFC Wimbledon v Plymouth Argyle, Accrington Stanley v Luton Town, Bristol Rovers v Northampton Town, Cambridge United v Newport County, Exet…

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Fit-again John Gregory’s heart still aches over Aston Villa’s lost FA Cup final

After surgery to replace the heart valve that forced him to leave Crawley, manager who lost the 2000 final to Chelsea hopes Tim Sherwood can go one better Continue reading…

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Fit-again John Gregory’s heart still aches over Aston Villa’s lost FA Cup final

After surgery to replace the heart valve that forced him to leave Crawley, manager who lost the 2000 final to Chelsea hopes Tim Sherwood can go one better Continue reading…

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Crawley Town appoint Mark Yates as their new manager

• Former Cheltenham manager replaces John Gregory
• Club were relegated to League Two at end of season

Crawley Town have appointed Mark Yates, formerly in charge at Cheltenham, as their new manager.

The 45-year-old replaces John Gregory, who stepped down to have heart surgery in December and then announced he would not be returning earlier this month.

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Crawley Town appoint Mark Yates as their new manager

• Former Cheltenham manager replaces John Gregory
• Club were relegated to League Two at end of season

Crawley Town have appointed Mark Yates, formerly in charge at Cheltenham, as their new manager.

The 45-year-old replaces John Gregory, who stepped down to have heart surgery in December and then announced he would not be returning earlier this month.

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Chesterfield appoint Dean Saunders after Paul Cook’s exit to Portsmouth

• Former Crawley manager Saunders joins on two-year contract
• Cook left the club on Tuesday after their play-off semi-final defeat

Chesterfield have appointed Dean Saunders as their new manager on a two-year contract following Paul Cook’s departure for Portsmouth.

Cook left the Spireites on Tuesday after guiding them to the League One play-offs, where they were beaten 4-0 on aggregate by Preston in the semi-finals.

Related: Portsmouth appoint Paul Cook after meeting Chesterfield’s release clause

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John Gregory leaves Crawley Town job five months after heart surgery

• Former Aston Villa manager leaves with immediate effect
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League One roundup: MK Dons promoted; Preston settle for play-offs

• MK Dons into Championship after 5-1 win against Yeovil
• Colchester win 1-0 to stay up and deny Preston automatic promotion
• Notts County, Crawley and Leyton Orient relegated along with Yeovil
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League One clockwatch – live!

  • MK Dons promoted after 5-1 win over Yeovil
  • Colchester survive after 1-0 win over Preston
  • Preston turn attentions to play-offs after letting second place slip
  • Leyton Orient, Crawley and Notts County relegated to League Two

2.21pm BST

That’s all from me on a frantic finale to the League One season. Thanks for joining, see you next time and you can join Jacob Steinberg for live updates from Chelsea’s promotion party against Crystal Palace here.

#DonsAreGoingUp pic.twitter.com/K9mxbpHfzN

2.18pm BST

Barnsley 5-0 Rochdale

Bristol City 8-2 Walsall

2.15pm BST

Champions: Bristol City

Automatic promotion: MK Dons

2.13pm BST

Colchester’s win over Preston has kept the U’s up as Crawley, Orient and Notts County are condemned to League Two next season.

2.11pm BST

A 5-1 win coupled with Preston’s defeat at Colchester sees MK Dons promoted to the Championship.

2.11pm BST

Doncaster 5-2 Scunthorpe: And Hakeeb Adelakun has scored an equally meaningless goal for the Iron.

2.10pm BST

Port Vale 1-2 Fleetwood: Michael O’Connor pulls a thoroughly irrelevant goal back for Port Vale.

2.10pm BST

Barnsley 5-0 Rochdale: Sam Winnall has scored.

2.09pm BST

FT! Colchester 1-0 Preston: Colchester have saved themselves. George Moncur’s winner keeps the U’s in League One and condemns Preston to the play-offs.

2.08pm BST

Gillingham 3-1 Notts County: Oh dear, oh dear. Desperately pushing for an equaliser, County are hit on the counter and Luke Morris hammers in the final nail.

2.07pm BST

Bristol City 8-2 Walsall: Not Aden Flint this time but Kieran Agard with his second in the Robins’ promotion party.

2.07pm BST

Barnsley 4-0 Rochdale: Conor Hourihane has scored.

2.06pm BST

Gillingham 2-1 Notts County: That appears to be curtains for County unless Preston can find an equaliser – Brennan Dickenson puts Gillingham ahead at Prestfield.

2.05pm BST

Swindon 2-2 Leyton Orient: And that’s pretty much it for Orient as well. Andy Williams levels from the penalty spot for 10-man Swindon and the O’s are all but done.

2.04pm BST

Crawley 1-2 Coventry: That’s Crawley’s fate effectively sealed. James Maddison slots home after some mindless defending from the Red Devils, Coventry fans can breathe easy.

2.02pm BST

Bristol City 7-2 Walsall: That’s a hat-trick for Bristol City’s centre-half Aden Flint, who now has 14 goals this season. Wowsers.

2.01pm BST

Barnsley 3-0 Rochdale: Mason Holgate has scored.

2.01pm BST

Gillingham 1-1 Notts County: All change again! John Egan’s leveller for Gillingham puts the Magpies back in the bottom four and Crewe are now out of the drop-zone again. Blimey! Who’d be a Crewe fan today?

1.59pm BST

Doncaster 5-1 Scunthorpe: Nathan Tyson completes his hat-trick with another penalty against Scunthorpe, smashing it down the middle.

1.58pm BST

After that Colchester goal, MK Dons are all but promoted while at the bottom it is Crawley, Leyton Orient and Crewe joining Yeovil in League One. Goals for Gillingham or Preston would change all that though.

1.56pm BST

Oldham 1-1 Peterborough: Michael Bostwick has equalised for Peterborough in a match that matter little.

1.55pm BST

Colchester 1-0 Preston: George Moncur’s ninth goal of the season has all but ended Preston’s hopes of automatic promotion while Colchester may have just saved themselves. It’s tidy slotted finish from Moncur after good hold-up play from Chris Porter. Crewe are back in trouble at the foot of the table.

1.52pm BST

Barnsley 2-0 Rochdale: Josh Scowen now has a double at Oakwell. That is all.

1.51pm BST

Doncaster 4-1 Scunthorpe: Nathan Tyson showing the others how it’s done by converting from the spot for his second. This one is surely over now.

1.50pm BST

MK Dons 5-1 Yeovil: Goal 101 of the season for MK Dons, Dean Lewington with his second of the match. This one has long been in the bag for the Dons but Preston can still deny them.

1.49pm BST

Colchester 0-0 Preston: What a miss! A superb cross from Preston’s Daniel Johnson finds Joe Garner, the league’s top scorer, unmarked at the far post but he heads just wide.

1.47pm BST

Crawley 1-1 Coventry: Another towering header at the Broadfield Stadium from Coventry’s Marcus Tudgay has put the cat among the relegation pigeons. Crawley are back down to 22nd and Crewe are just above the line.

1.44pm BST

Barnsley 1-0 Rochdale: Josh Scowen has put Barnsley ahead in a match that we’ve not touched on yet. Rochdale are down to 10 by the by. Joe Rafferty has picked up two yellow cards to bring an early end to his season.

1.43pm BST

Bristol City 6-2 Walsall: Start the car! That’s another for Aden Flint, No13 of the season, and the Robins are rocking!

1.42pm BST

Swindon 1-2 Leyton Orient: Swindon have a goal back and this one is worth a watch. A free-kick just on the edge of the Orient area is knocked to Anton Rodgers who flicks the ball up before smashing a right-footed volley into the top corner. Tasty.

1.40pm BST

Colchester 0-0 Preston: Preston have stepped it up a notch. An almighty scramble in the Colchester box is swiftly followed by Jermaine Beckford just failing to meet a flashing cross across the face.

1.39pm BST

Bristol City 5-2 Walsall: Yep, Walsall are done for. That’s two in two minutes for the champions, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas with his second of the game, powering into the area before lashing home.

1.38pm BST

Bristol City 4-2 Walsall: Marlon Pack has given Bristol City their fourth goal of the match and you get the feeling Walsall are done for now.

1.36pm BST

Gillingham 0-1 Notts County: This is a massive goal from Graham Burke. Crewe were let off the hook by Colchester but Notts County have heaped the pressure on the Alex with Burke lashing home. Coventry also looking precarious but safe at present on goal difference.

As it stands then, the bottom four are Crewe, Leyton Orient, Colchester and Yeovil.

1.34pm BST

Bristol City 3-2 Walsall: The champions are back in front in this five-goal thriller, Kieran Agard on target on 57 minutes. The Robins faithful are enjoying themselves again.

1.33pm BST

Doncaster 3-1 Scunthorpe: More own goal news. This time Andy Butler beating his own goalkeeper to pull one back for the Iron at the Keepmoat.

1.33pm BST

MK Dons 4-1 Yeovil: Now that’s surprise. Yeovil have one back, Jordan Spence putting through his own net at stadium:mk.

1.31pm BST

Colchester 0-0 Preston: Sam Johnstone obviously paid no attention to Grayson’s rocket and after shooting off his line he brings down George Moncur. It’s Chris Porter who steps up and it’s an awful penalty, at least five yards over the bar! That’s the third missed penalty of the day and it’s a let-off for Crewe who would have slipped into the bottom four in place of Colchester had Porter found the net.

1.27pm BST

Sheffield United 1-1 Chesterfield: The race for fifth is back on! Ian Evatt levels for the Spireites. Another for the visitors and they will leapfrog their hosts into fifth place.

1.26pm BST

Swindon 0-2 Leyton Orient: The O’s are doing everything they can to stay in League One – Chris Dagnall has doubled their advantage at the County Ground but they remain in trouble with Crawley in front against Coventry.

1.25pm BST

Colchester 0-0 Preston: A shocking attempt from North End’s Paul Gallagher. The ball bobbled after a pull-back to the edge of the area but that one is a mile over the bar and still travelling

1.23pm BST

Crawley 1-0 Coventry: A towering header from Mathias Pogba means it’s all change at the bottom. Crawley are now safe as things stand, with Leyton Orient now slipping back into the drop-zone despite leading at Swindon.

1.21pm BST

Colchester 0-0 Preston: That is poor from Jermaine Beckford. He was closing in on goal but a heavy touch allowed Tom Eastman to come across and make the tackle.

1.19pm BST

We’re back underway at Colchester. Both sides need to win but at the moment it’s 0-0. Something must give …

1.08pm BST

Doncaster 3-0 Scunthorpe: This one is still going – maybe their not going to bother with half-time. Rob Jones has made it 3-0 to Rovers. It’s half-time there now. Not so exciting.

1.07pm BST

As it stands, MK Dons are 4-0 to the good against Yeovil and are on their way to the Championship with Preston still goalless at Colchester. Leyton Orient, 23rd at the start of the day, are the only side in the bottom six in front and as a result it is Notts County who are currently joining Crawley, Colchester and Yeovil in League Two.

1.03pm BST

Let-off for Preston: Jacob Murphy’s audacious lob from wide on the left, over the onrushing Sam Johnstone, who can expect a rocket from Larry Grayson at half-time, drifts just wide. It’s still 0-0 and it’s now half-time.

1.02pm BST

Crawley 0-0 Coventry: That is massive. Nick Proschwitz has been anything but prolific for the Sky Blues and his spot-kick is superbly saved by Brian ‘the Beast’ Jensen low down to his right. That is a missed chance for Cov to pull clear of danger.

12.59pm BST

MK Dons 4-0 Yeovil: That didn’t take long. That’s a century for the Dons. Will Grigg nodding home Carl Baker’s cross at the far post for his 20th league goal of the season. The mathematicians among you will already know that Grigg has scored a fifth of the Dons’ goals in League One.

12.57pm BST

Swindon 0-1 Leyton Orient: This is a massive goal in the context of Survival Sunday. Dean Cox has put Orient ahead against 10-man Swindon and, as the only one of the bottom six currently ahead, the O’s have their virtual heads above water in the as-it-stands table, Notts County slipping into the bottom four.

12.56pm BST

MK Dons 3-0 Yeovil: The Dons are running riot. Dean Lewington turns provider this time, head a deep centre back across goal for Darren Potter to lash home on the volley. That’s 99 league goals for the Dons this season and they’re certainties to hit three figures.

12.55pm BST

Bristol City 2-2 Walsall: The Saddlers are certainly playing their part in this entertaining end-of-season clash. Jordy Hiwula has a second and it’s level again at Ashton Gate.

12.54pm BST

Doncaster 2-0 Scunthorpe: Nathan Tyson has made it 2-0 to Rovers. Apparently this is a derby but it’s a pretty one-sided one at present.

12.53pm BST

Sheffield United 1-0 Chesterfield: Remember the race for fifth? Well it’s Sheffield United who look on course to face Swindon in the play-offs, Marc McNulty opening the scoring on 34 minutes.

12.52pm BST

Colchester 0-0 Preston: It’s cagey at Colchester. The U’s have grown into the game after some early North End pressure. Visiting fans will no doubt be aware of MK Dons’ latest score but Jermaine Beckford almost put their fate back in their own hands, denied by Sam Walker at full stretch.

12.45pm BST

Port Vale 0-2 Fleetwood: Mark Roberts makes it two to the visitors on 26 minutes, bundling in from close range.

12.43pm BST

MK Dons 2-0 Yeovil: Dean Lewington has put the Dons two the good with a delightful free-kick and it’s likely to be a whole lot more against a Yeovil side who can’t wait for the season to finish. With Preston toiling at Colchester, it’s advantage Dons.

12.41pm BST

Crewe 0-1 Bradford: Bad news for the Alex. Billy Clarke lashes home after Crewe fail to clear a long free-kick to put the Bantams in front. Crewe are still safe as it stands,

12.40pm BST

Bristol City 2-1 Walsall: Jay Emanuel-Thomas’s takes some penalty. The former Arsenal youngster strolls up to the ball on the spot and rolls the ball home to give the Robins the lead midway through the first half.

12.38pm BST

Port Vale 0-1 Fleetwood: The Cod Army are ahead in another dead rubber, Josh Morris finding the net on 17 minutes.

12.37pm BST

Swindon’s keeper Tyrell Belford may just have clinched the award for daftest sending off of the season on the final day, bringing down Orient’s Chris Dagnall. Lloyd James is the taker – the substitute keeper is Tyrell’s brother Cameron Belford – and he’s saved it!

12.33pm BST

Bristol City 1-1 Walsall: Normal service resumed at Ashton Gate. Aden Flint lashes home his 12th goal of the season for the champions on 16 minutes. No mean feat for a centre-half.

12.32pm BST

Doncaster 1-0 Scunthorpe: Rovers are ahead in this 14th v 15th clash; Niall Canavan has put through his own net at the Keepmoat Stadium.

12.30pm BST

Bristol City 0-1 Walsall: This isn’t in the script. The Robins are supposed to be celebrating the league title at Ashton Gate, but perhaps a little too much. Walsall are ahead through Jordy Hiwula.

12.29pm BST

Oldam 1-0 Peterborough: In a match that matters little, Posh are head thanks to Dominic Poleon’s ninth-minute effort.

12.28pm BST

Milton Keynes, of course, is not only famed for its roundabouts. It’s also home to Great Britain’s elite badminton players and the Dons have a fan one former shuttler …

Come on MKDons!! @MKDonsFC

12.25pm BST

MK Dons 1-0 Yeovil: Carl Baker rifles home from the edge of the box on seven minutes to pile the pressure on Preston. As it stands the Dons are in second spot.

12.21pm BST

Coventry have the ball in the net at Crawley, bundled in from a John Fleck free-kick, but the assistant flags for off-side.

12.16pm BST

We’re up and running at the Colchester Community stadium …

12.10pm BST

The away fans are already in full voice and have created a sea of yellow! #PNElive #SGSWA pic.twitter.com/vDOyWtTODg

12.08pm BST

Milton Keynes Dons: Martin, Spence, McFadzean, Kay, Lewington, Potter, Alli, Hall, Carl Baker, Carruthers, Grigg.
Subs: Hodson, Bowditch, Reeves, McLoughlin, Powell, Cole, Lewis Baker.

11.50am BST

Where to start … we’ll, Coventry, Crewe and Notts County all currently have their heads above water but will know Crawley, Colchester and Leyton Orient are all ready to pounce below them. Four points separate Coventry in 18th and Orient in 23rd but all six sides may find themselves heading for League Two in a couple of hours. Crawley, in 21st, host Coventry. Even more exciting.

11.41am BST

It would be remiss of me not to mention the tussle for fifth place and the right to face Swindon in the play-offs. Sheffield United, currently in fifth, are two points above sixth-placed Chesterfield, who, lo and behold, they host today. Exciting.

11.28am BST

Time for a quick recap on the battle for second place. Preston currently have 89 points in second while MK Dons have 88 but a vastly superior goal difference. A Preston victory at Colchester guarantees promotion but failure to win would mean three points for MK Dons at home to Yeovil is enough for Karl Robinson’s side. A defeat for Preston would also ensure a draw for MK Dons is enough.

Team news is beginning to filter through, I’ll have the line-ups for you in full in due course.

11.14am BST

An important update now from the aptly named Keepmoat Stadium, courtesy of Doncaster’s Twitter page.

REFEREE: Pitch inspection done. Game on @SUFCOfficial ! pic.twitter.com/Mm194lFQkP

11.00am BST

Good morning League One fans and welcome to what will from this moment forth be known as ‘Survival Sunday’. A pulsating season in England’s third tier comes to a conclusion today and while Bristol City have long been crowned champions, there remains plenty up for grabs on Survival Sunday. Yeovil have already slipped out of the division but there are no less than six teams scrapping to avoid the dread trapdoor on Survival Sunday.

Crawley, Colchester and Leyton Orient occupy places 21, 22 and 23 on 50, 49 and 48 points respectively but Coventry, 18th on 52 points, Crewe 19th also on 52 points with a shocking goal difference and Notts County, 20th on 50 points are all nervously looking over their shoulder.

11.00am BST

Barnsley v Rochdale

Bristol City v Walsall

11.00am BST

Gerard will be here soon.

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Meet Mathias, Paul’s brother and one of three in the footballing family Pogba

Playing football with his twin, Florentin, and younger brother Paul was a key part of childhood for Mathias Pogba and he is determined to match their success but first he faces a crucial relegation match for Crawley Town on Sunday
• Paul Pogba to face Real Madrid for Juventus
• League one table: the Coventry and Crawley relegation battle
• Juventus to sell Paul Pogba if the price is right
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Dean Saunders finds the right set-up to raise Crawley’s survival hopes

Andrew Wordsworth’s set-piece precision helps Crawley Town to vital win over fellow strugglers Notts County in League One relegation dogfight

Ricardo Moniz said before his third match in charge of Notts County, against Crawley at Broadfield Stadium on Saturday: “For us it’s about dead or alive.” This may be Dutch for a six-pointer, though there are so many clubs scrambling to avoid the drop from League One that the English, too, is double Dutch. Crawley’s 2-0 win lifts them from 22nd to 19th and drops County from 21st to 22nd.

The position will be clearer after Tuesday, when five of the nine sides trying not to join Yeovil in relegation play their match in hand and everyone has two to play. County are at home to Preston but their home form is the worst in the division, with only one win since beating Crawley 5-3 in October. They ended that month in fourth, with 26 points from 14 games, before four wins in 23 saw the back of Shaun Derry as manager four weeks ago. The loan system may have backfired on them.

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John Gregory steps down at Crawley and will undergo open heart surgery

• Dean Saunders will replace Gregory at Crawley Town
• Gregory’s condition is ‘not stress-related,’ say club
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The Crawley manager John Gregory has stepped down from his role and will undergo open heart surgery in the early new year. He will be replaced by Dean Saunders on an interim basis. The League One club have confirmed the 60-year-old former Aston Villa manager will require a lengthy period of recovery.

Saunders, who was last in work as manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers, will step in and be in charge of Sunday’s game against Colchester. A club statement read: “Crawley Town can confirm that team manager John Gregory is stepping down from his position with immediate effect.

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