Former Cheltenham boss takes over at the Checkatrade.com Stadium
Crawley Town are delighted to announce the appointment of Mark Yates as our new First Team Manager.
Mark has signed a two-year contract at the Checkatrade.com Stadium.
As a player, the 45-year-old represented Birmingham City, Burnley, Lincoln City, Cheltenham, Doncaster Rovers and Kidderminster.
He was part of the Birmingham City side that won the 1991 Leyland DAF (now Johnstone's Paint) Trophy final at Wembley and played a key role as Cheltenham captain in securing promotion to the
Football League and promotion to League One in 2002.
He began his coaching career assisting Steve Cotterill at Burnley before taking his first management job at Kidderminster Harriers.
In his first season he led Harriers to the FA Trophy final against Stevenage Borough before returning to Cheltenham as Manager. In successive seasons, 2012 and 2013, he guided Cheltenham to the League Two play-offs and at the time of his departure from Whaddon Road last November he was the third longest serving manager in English football.
Mark said: "I'm delighted to be here. I have been out of the game for a few months and when this opportunity it really excited me.
"There's a big challenge ahead but one I am really looking forward too."
Chief Executive Michael Dunford said: “We’re delighted that Mark has agreed to join us. We interviewed some very strong candidates but Mark stood out.
“He has a very deep knowledge of the level we find ourselves at next season and is a first-rate coach. The board spoke to several people in the game who have worked with Mark and they were all very positive about his credentials, his knowledge and his enthusiasm and we are looking forward to Mark taking the club forward."
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