We continue our 2019/20 season preview by featuring Crawley Town -
Nickname : The Red Devils
Stadium : The People's Pension Stadium
Capacity : 6,134
Round Trip From The Moss Rose : 449.2 miles
Last Season : 19th
It proved to be a mixed season for the Red Devils last term, which was characterised by long spells of good form, followed by similar periods of poor results.
As such, Crawley finished comfortably above the relegation zone, without ever really threatening to break into the play-off places.
If Gabriele Cioffi can rectify the consistency problems of last year, then the West Sussex outfit may well surprise a few people this time around.
The Gaffer - Gabriele Cioffi
Italian Gabriele Cioffi was appointed Crawley Town's Head Coach on September 7th 2018 - the day the Italian celebrated his 43rd birthday.
Gabriele is a former defender who played extensively in Italian leagues - representing eleven clubs during a career which saw him make almost four hundred senior appearances.
Born in Florence, Gabriele began his footballing journey with Tuscan amateur side Sestese. After spells with various Serie C1 and C2 sides, Cioffi joined Mantova in January 2005. There he became a real fans favourite and was an integral part of the side that won the Serie C1 title.
With that came promotion to Serie B and the step up in class proved not to faze Gabriele, as his natural talent and dedication shone through once more.
This alerted some of the most illustrious names in the Italian game to bid for Gabriele's signature and he would ultimately make the move to Torino in 2006.
Making his Serie A debut shortly after, the Italian initially had a good run of games in Italy's top division. Yet competition for places meant that Cioffi was to only spend one season with Torino as he switched to Ascoli during the following summer.
Gabriele was a mainstay of the Ascoli side for the three years that followed, before he left in the summer of 2010 as a free agent.
From there Cioffi had spells with AlbinoLeffe and Carpi, before retiring from the playing side of the game in 2012.
The Italian remained with Carpi as Assistant Coach for the 2012-13 season, before he was announced as the new Head Coach of Lega Pro Second Division club, Gavorrano.
Following on from this, Gabriele relocated to Australia where he worked as a Youth Coach for two years at Eastern United. Cioffi then headed back to his homeland to take on a similar role at Sudtirol, before he became Assistant Coach at Al Jazira.
Gabriele was then part of Gianfranco Zola’s coaching staff during his time in charge of Birmingham City, but left the club in April 2017 when Zola was dismissed.
Cioffi then spent time with Fleetwood Town, learning about lower-league football in England and was the stand-out contender to replace Harry Kewell as Crawley's Head Coach.
Out - Bondz N'Gala, Yusuf Mersin.
In - Ashley Nadesan, Mason Bloomfield, Nathan Ferguson, Beryly Lubala, Jack Powell, Jordan Tunnicliffe, Michael Luyambula
Our Last Meeting.
The Silkmen traveled down to West Sussex at the end of February and picked up a vital point in our quest for EFL safety.
Harry Smith opened the scoring in the 40th minute, as he latched onto a Koby Arthur cross and clinically headed home from six yards out.
Parity was to be restored just six minutes from time, when Lewis Young's deflected shot from the edge of the area found it's way past Kieran O'Hara in the Macc goal.
Our Next Meetings.
Home - Saturday 7th September
Away - Saturday 18th April