Arsenal u23s are set to lose their head coach as Crawley Town get ready to appoint him as their new manager.

Kevin Betsy and the Arsenal u21s celebrating a win (Photo via Arsenal Academy on Twitter)
Kevin Betsy and the Arsenal u21s celebrating a win (Photo via Arsenal Academy on Twitter)

George Elek tweeted on Monday afternoon that Arsenal u23 boss Kevin Betsy was the sudden odds-on favourite to be the next Crawley Town manager.

The Daily Mail then reported that Crawley had been considering Emma Hayes, but after ending their interest in the Chelsea Women’s boss they’ve turned their attentions to Betsy.

Leading the Arsenal u23s to a third-place Premier League 2 finish and an EFL Trophy run to the quarter-finals, Betsy had made really good progress with a side that only narrowly avoided relegation before he took over this season.

But Betsy is now Crawley’s first-choice candidate to take over as their manager for next season and the Daily Mail report on Friday he is set to land the job:

CRAWLEY are set to make Arsenal Under 23 manager Kevin Betsy their new boss, after sacking John Yems last month following accusations of racism. Aston Villa have appointed former Blackpool manager Neil Critchley as No 2 to Steven Gerrard.
Daily Mail, 3 June 2022

Even if Betsy doesn’t end up at Crawley, he’s also drawing interest from Swindon Town and Cheltenham Town.

So, it looks like he wants to get involved in the senior game, and may well have that opportunity before long.

England U17 head coach Kevin Betsy takes to the touchline - England U17 v Czech Republic U17, International Friendly football match, Damson Park Stadium, Solihull, UK - 19 Nov 2019. Photo: Jon Super for The FA
Kevin Betsy takes to the touchline during his time as the England U17s head coach on 19th November 2019. Photo: Jon Super for The FA

Arsenal won’t want to lose a coach who is doing such a good job with their youngsters, but they’re also unlikely to stand in his way if a great opportunity comes up.

It’s somewhat an inevitability that u23 coaches eventually move on when they get senior opportunities. The only disappointment would be that Betsy only lasted a year in North London.

Should Betsy leave, u18 head coach Dan Micciche may well be in line to step up, after a strong end to the season with his side.