Crawley Town director Selim Gaygusuz gains fantastic national publicity

Crawley Town director of football Selim Gaygusuz. Picture by PW Sporting Photography SUS-170830-145833001
Crawley Town director of football Selim Gaygusuz. Picture by PW Sporting Photography SUS-170830-145833001

Crawley Town director of football Selim Gaygusuz believes both himself and rookie head coach Harry Kewell will bring success to the club.

In a national press article published today he spoke about his background and why the duo were selected by Turkish owner Ziya Eren to take the club forward.

Warren Feeney, Harry Kewell and Selim Gaygusuz speaking to Crawley Town supporters at the Fans' Forum. Picture by Graham Carter SUS-170823-104440002

Warren Feeney, Harry Kewell and Selim Gaygusuz speaking to Crawley Town supporters at the Fans' Forum. Picture by Graham Carter SUS-170823-104440002

Gaygusuz’s route to the top of a League 2 club came via a path which included working as a football agent and for a bookmakers.

He was then Crawley’s director of marketing before landing the influencial job of director of football.

Among his achievements has been the recruitment and selling on for a profit to Luton Town of the club’s topscorer from last season, James Collins.

The half-English, half-Turkish confident of Mr Eren told The Sun newspaper: “I used to be a football agent from since the age of 21.

“I took a player from League One to the Turkish Championship and I brought players from Poland and Norway to the Turkish Premier League.”

He told how he had got his job at a bookmakers: “Because I know football. If you tell me any player in Europe, I’ll probably give you his background, his transfer fee, his agent’s name.

“A good thing going from football agent to becoming a director of football is you know recruitment.

“You know what to do. I was 21 when I was controlling a player on 200,000 euros a year. I used to give him advice on what to do.

“I believe in football and believe my surname will be in the Football League for many years.”

Gaygusuz admitted Champions League winner Kewell stood out from the many other candidates who applied for the Crawley Town head coach job.

He said: “Harry impressed with his passion and hard work. He played in Turkey as well.

“His previous team-mate at Galatasaray was also our chairman’s manager in the Turkish Premier League, so he gave a good reference.

“I believe in everything Harry came up with. Our time with Harry, we’re looking to go long term.

“I know his background, his passion for football. As a manager, he can go higher than he did as a player.”