Matthew Etherington SACKED by Crawley Town after just three games as ex-Spurs star struggles in first managerial role | The Sun

FORMER Tottenham star Matthew Etherington has been sacked by Crawley Town just three games into his first managerial job.

The 41-year-old was appointed boss by the League Two strugglers on November 27.


He named former Peterborough and Tottenham teammate Simon Davies as his assistant and went on to beat Swindon Town 2-0 in his first game.

A 2-0 home defeat to Hartlepool followed on December 9 before another setback on home turf followed on Boxing Day as they were downed 2-1 by Sutton.

Now his stint has been ended by the Red Devils, who sit 20th in the table, before tomorrow’s trip to Stevenage.

A statement confirmed: “Crawley Town Football can confirm that First-Team Manager Matthew Etherington and Assistant Manager Simon Davies have left their roles at Crawley Town Football Club with immediate effect.

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“The club will appoint a new permanent manager as soon as possible.”

Crawley’s Director of Football and interim CEO Chris Galley added: “It has become clear to all involved parties that this partnership is not the right fit to carry the club forward and achieve our goals.

“As a result, we have mutually decided to move in a different direction.

“We wish Matty and Simon well in their future endeavours.”

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Etherington retired from playing in 2014 after an impressive playing career with Peterborough, Spurs, Bradford, West Ham and Stoke City.

The ex-England U21 winger battled a gambling addiction while at the Hammers, with the club lending him £300,000, after he accumulated huge debts.

Etherington also spent time at Tony Adams' Sporting Chance Clinic.

He began his coaching career in charge of Peterborough’s U18s in 2018 before he was promoted to assistant manager of the first-team in November 2021.

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