The 2012/13 season is rapidly approaching but Crawley Town chairman Vic Marley is refusing to make a hasty appointment. The Red Devils have been searching for a replacement for the departed Sean O'Driscoll since last week but their pursuit has so far been unsuccessful after Aldershot manager Dean Holdsworth rejected them and then Sheffield United's academy manager John Pemberton decided to remain loyal to the Blades.
As a result former Watford manager Sean Dyche has emerged as the new favourite, with his odds slashed to just 1/2 with Sky Sports in the Next Crawley Town Manager betting market. The 41-year-old was harshly sacked by Watford earlier this month following the takeover of the club by the Pozzo family. Many Hornets supporters reacted angrily to the rapid dismissal as Dyche had done a creditable job the previous season, in what was his first year in management. He is now believed to be eager to make an instant return to the dugout and Crawley could prove to be the perfect move for the former defender.
Despite turning down a move to the newly promoted League One club Pemberton remains the second-favourite in the betting. Meanwhile Gary Waddock, Mark Robins, Mark Yates and Nicky Forster can all be backed at 12/1.