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Reds urged not to break up squad
David Hunt hopes Crawley’s promotion-winning squad will not be broken up.
Ten members of the squad which clinched a place in League One with victory at Accrington Stanley on Saturday are out of contract this summer.
Others like Kyle McFadzean, Billy Clarke and Claude Davis – who remain under contract – are expected to attract interest from other clubs while some fringe players are likely to be deemed surplus to requirements.
Hunt believes Reds should pull out all the stops to keep key men such as Sergio Torres and Scott Shearer as they prepare for life in League One.
Hunt said: “I hope we keep the squad together. We have proved we are good enough to play in that league.
“It’s definitely a step up and I’m sure there will be additions but I think we are good enough so I don’t see why not.
“It is going to be tough but we have dealt with Championship teams (Hull and Bristol City) and Bury from League One in the FA Cup this season.”
The future of Crawley’s out of contract players will not be resolved until after the club makes a decision on the managerial situation at Broadfield Stadium.
Reds are expected to make an announcement some time this week with director of football Steve Coppell among the favourites to land the job on a permanent basis.
Hunt added: “You’ve got to give Steve a lot of credit. He has given us some great advice and you can see why he has managed at the highest level.
“He has put himself in a good position by getting us promoted but you never know what will happen in football."