Crawley boss Evans surprised by timing of Hatters change

CRAWLEY Town boss Steve Evans has labelled the departure of Town chief Richard Money ‘harsh’ after Gary Brabin was installed as the club’s manager on Monday.

CRAWLEY Town boss Steve Evans has labelled the departure of Town chief Richard Money ‘harsh’ after Gary Brabin was installed as the club’s manager on Monday.

The two endured a rocky relationship, but Evans revealed he made contact with Money after finding out about the decision.

He said: “You never like to see someone lose their job and I phoned him on Sunday to wish him well.

“I think he has been harshly treated to be honest as statistically he was probably their most successful manager in terms of games won.

“I don’t think it was an easy job going up against us this season and our exploits in the FA Cup clearly were envied by their boardroom.

“It is a strange one, they are effectively one of two teams who can still win the league and they have sacked their manager.

“It shows they are worried.”

Meanwhile, Evans admitted that Crawley assistant boss Paul Raynor had played his part in Money’s downfall after Town lost 2-1 at Southport on Saturday.

He added: “Paul Raynor has got an outstanding relationship with (Southport boss) Liam Watson and we helped their preparations with a few bits and pieces.

“It was a big result for us as with five minutes to go in our game at Gateshead we knew Luton had lost so we accepted a point.”