Dermot Drummy, formerly of Arsenal and Chelsea, has been announced as the new manager of Crawley Town on a two-year deal.

The 55-year-old spent time with the Gunners as a coach before moving across London to join Chelsea in 2007 where he was in charge of their u21s before becoming their international head coach.

He left the Blues in January 2015.

Speaking about the appointment, Drummy said “I’m delighted to be at Crawley and I am really looking forward to taking the club forward.

Hopefully I can produce a team that plays attractive football that excites our fans and brings the whole club together – players, supporters and the people who work for the club. I can’t wait to get started.”

Zaya Erin, owner of the League Two side who sacked their manager after six successive defeats, said “Dermot will bring top-level experience and vital recruitment knowledge to Crawley Town. We wish him all the best for a long and successful tenure at the club.”

Drummy’s predecessor, Mark Yates, was only given the job in May 2015 but a run of just 13 wins in 47 games which left them 18th in the table and facing relegation, forced Erin’s hand.

In between the sacking and the hiring, Crawley managed to secure their Football League status, for another year at least.