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O'Driscoll gets Crawley job
3:58pm Wednesday 16th May 2012 in Sport
Crawley have confirmed Sean O'Driscoll as their new manager.
The former Bournemouth and Doncaster boss takes over immediately.
Craig Brewster, who had been in caretaker charge after the departure of Steve Evans, remains on the coaching staff and Steve Coppell will continue as director of football.
O'Driscoll, 54, said: “I did a lot of due diligence on Crawley Town before I decided to accept the club’s offer. I have been impressed with the owners and people behind the scenes and I am looking forward to helping the club establish itself in League 1.”
O'Driscoll, who won three Republic of Ireland caps in the early 1980s, led the Cherries to promotion via the League 2 play-offs in 2003 before joining Doncaster Rovers in 2006.
In his first full season in charge he guided Doncaster to the Championship in 2008 after a play-off final win over Leeds United. In January 2012 he joined the coaching staff at Nottingham Forest.
O'Driscoll said: “I had three enjoyable months at Forest. (Manager) Steve Cotterill gave me a great opportunity to work at what is a fantastic football club and I thank him for that.
“But Crawley is a good fit for me. They are a club trying to do things the right way. I came to the club and the area three times before I decided to take the job and spoke to a lot of people and I got a very good feel for what has been achieved in the last two years and the potential there is to develop Crawley Town still further.
“This is a challenge I am really looking forward to. My football philosophy is to improve players and the way they think about the game. It is going to be a busy summer. Going from League 2 to League 1 is quite a jump but I’m looking forward to getting started. My message to the fans is simple: Please support your local team.”