Richie Barker has been confirmed as the new manager of Crawley Town.
Barker said on the club website;
"It was certainly not a hard decision to come to Crawley, although it was difficult to leave Bury because I built up quite an affinity with the people there and they are a smashing club.
"But this is a fantastic opportunity for me. Crawley Town are a club on the up as their success in the last two years shows.
"There is only a week to go before the season starts so we have to hit the ground running but I am looking forward to working with the players and staff.
"League 1 is a big step up but Stevenage came through like Crawley did and reached the play-offs last season so it is possible for a promoted club to be successful. This is a great challenge for me in my managerial career and I am delighted to be here."
Director of Football Steve Coppell added;
“The club had to take stock after Sean O’Driscoll’s departure. We are about to start our first season in League 1 and needed a manager with experience at this level and someone with the right credentials and an ambition which matched that of Crawley Town.
“We are delighted Richie has agreed to take up the challenge. We are at a relatively young stage of our development as a Football League club and Richie is an excellent fit for this football club.
“In the last couple of years he has earned an excellent reputation in management and his coaching CV is second to none. He is a fully-qualified UEFA A License coach and has a degree in sports science.
“He has had a very good grounding in management at Bury and we are sure he will inspire both our players and our supporters as we embark on the next stage of the club’s development in League 1.
“Richie has his transfer targets and we will be working hard in the next few days and weeks to strengthen the squad.”