Hollins wins race to become new Crawley manager

Hollins was believed to have been among a shortlist of eight, which was then whittled down to just three men, Jimmy Quinn and ex-Watford and AC Milan striker Luther Blissett believed to be the others in contention.

Hollins, 58, managed Chelsea in the 1980s but his more recent career saw him at the helm of Rochdale.

The chance to succeed Francis Vines attracted a wide range of candidates, with over 30 applications for the post.

Graham Rix was also among those interviewed, before being offered the managerial position at Scottish Premier leaders Hearts last week.