The West Sussex club finished a respectable 12th in the fourth division last season but manager John Yems was sacked before the end of the season over allegations of racial abuse.
Chelsea women’s boss Emma Hayes had emerged as a surprise front-runner for the job after another successful campaign with the Blues, but Sportsmail are now reporting that Crawley has ceased interest in her, with Betsy being her preferred choice.
After a long playing career that saw him ebb and flow Football League, Betsy retired in 2015 and immediately turned to coaching. He worked his way through England youth before taking charge of Arsenal U23s in 2021.
The 44-year-old led the young Gunners to third place in Premier League 2 in his debut season and has developed into a highly rated manager, attracting interest not only from Crawley but also from League 2’s Swindon Town and Cheltenham draws town, village.
Arsenal will be keen not to lose Betsy, who they will no doubt see as a key factor in their impressive academy which has produced many great Gunners players over the years, including current first-team members Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe.
Other names reportedly in line to take the reins at Broadfield Stadium include Ian Holloway, Michael Appleton and Sol Campbell.
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