THE Reds are reportedly turned their attentions to Arsenal Under-23s coach Kevin Betsy with a view of making him the new manager.

The managerial position at Crawley has been vacant since John Yems was sacked amid allegations of racial abuse, assistant manager Lewis Young had taken control of the team on an interim basis.

It has been believed that Chelsea Women’s manager Emma Hayes had been an early contender for the job, but the interest in her has ended.

Betsy has now emerged as the club’s first-choice candidate to become the new manager, according to Sportsmail.

The 44-year-old came through the ranks at the FA and has managed various England junior levels all the way up to the Under-18s.

Betsy has been recognised as one of the best up and coming coaches in the country.

The former Wycombe and Barnsley midfielder is also attracting interest from Swindon and Cheltenham, so Crawley will have to act fast if they want to get their man.

The Reds finished 12th in the fourth tier last season, 16 points off the play-offs and 23 points clear of the relegation zone.

This finish was good after a tough start to the season, which saw the club battling against relegation due to an injury crisis and poor form.

Betsey would bring a fresh look to Crawley and could inspire a more positive style of football than his predecessor.

Another positive of Crawley potentially appointing Betsy would be the possibility of the club being able to attract the younger Arsenal players to the club.

Betsy will know which players will be able to play in the Sky Bet League Two and could help Crawley push for a promotion spot.