FORMER Southend United winger Kevin Betsy has been announced as manager of Crawley Town.

Betsy – who had been under 23 coach at Arsenal – has signed a two year deal with the League Two club.

And the 44-year-old cannot wait to begin his first managerial role.

“I am joining a club that has a great history that we should no doubt embrace, and we are also looking at an exciting new beginning on many levels both on and off the pitch,” said Betsy.

“I am grateful for the opportunity and faith shown in me by Eben, Preston and the others I have spoken with.

Echo: Flashback - Kevin Betsy lined up for Blues between 2008 and 2010Flashback - Kevin Betsy lined up for Blues between 2008 and 2010

“I am very much looking forward to meeting everyone at the club.

“Together, we can look to Crawley Town to be a club that people enjoy coming to watch and that players and staff love coming to work every day.

“Crawley will be a positive place to bring our local community together and attract the next generation of supporters globally to the club."

Betsy scored three goals in 45 games for Blues between 2008 and 2010 and was back at Roots Hall for a match in memory of Chris Barker in late May.