Crawley have taken the unusual step of responding to internet rumours about the state of the club.

But who takes charge of the troubled League Two team on a more permanent basis remains unclear.

The club issued a statement denying claims that they had broken Financial Fair Play rules, that they are facing a points deduction and that they have sacked three senior players.

They have confirmed director of football and interim CEO Chris Galley has informed the co-chairmen that he has no intention of leaving his respective roles and denied a claim he has not been allowed to speak in meetings.

They have also stated the recent sale of Tom Nichols to rivals Gillingham “had nothing to do with the departure of former manager John Yems”.

The statement said George Francomb, Jake Hessenthaler and Tony Craig remain at the club.

None of the three were involved in recent matches, including the 2-2 draw at Newport on Monday.

Crawley have described the rumours as “disappointing and distressing”.

The statement adds: “The club is continuing its search for a new manager and will appoint the right candidate at the earliest possible convenience.”

Darren Byfield remains in interim charge after previous boss Matty Etherington left in the wake of Nichols’ departure.

Crawley took a following of 124 to Newport.

They have no game this weekend because scheduled opponents Grimsby are involved in the FA Cup.

Doncaster visit the Broadfield Stadium a week on Saturday.