1 Crawley make head groundsman redundant

Crawley have taken the drastic step of making their head groundsman redundant after being ordered to explain a series of postponements by the Football League.

Reds intend to contract out the maintenance of the problematic Checkatrade.com Stadium pitch following the departure of Matt Moss, who was the most recent casualty of the club's cost cutting drive.

Assistant groundsman Tom Martin remains at the club but the majority of the work on the playing surface will be carried out by external contractors and Crawley Borough Council, who own the stadium.

The Football League have asked for a report on the reasons behind a run of five postponements since the turn of the year and what the club plan to do in the summer to ensure there is no repeat next season.

Chief executive Michael Dunford said: "A lot of football clubs will have a contract with a company to oversee the state of their pitch so it is not that unusual. We may do it in conjunction with the borough council or get in outside experts but that is something we will consider in the summer.

"We are having to make cuts across the football club at the moment but we are not short of people who are working on the pitch. Tom is only young but we have got some experienced advisors helping him while the borough council have only been too happy to help.

"A lot of work has been done in the last ten days or so and we are very happy with the progress that has been made. It has been a real team effort from all the staff at the club and we have got every chance of being able to stage a game on Saturday."

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