Crawley Town head coach John Yems isn’t known for his love of the cameras or interviews with the media.
The 62-year-old was appointed at the League Two club in December 2019. If you hadn’t heard of him previously, that is because his last managerial job was back in 1994.
Yems and Crawley have had decent levels of success during his time in charge. They were in seventh position in League Two at one stage last season. However, the departure of 13-goal striker Max Watters to Cardiff in January rocked their momentum.
But it’s not Crawley’s performances that have made their manager well-known to the rest of the country. It is the remarkable interviews that he gives on a near-weekly basis.
Whether it is his bizarre one-word answers, his lengthy rants at refereeing decisions, the crowd, or even his own players, Yems is always good value.
Crawley Town boss goes in on referees
His latest classic interview came after Crawley Town fell to a 1-0 home defeat against Hartlepool United on Saturday.
The Reds sit in 16th place in League Two, but this was their first loss in five games. Still, Yems certainly wasn’t impressed after the match with the officiating, and one decision in particular.
He said: “Never seen such a worse official who you could talk to, who couldn’t move. He can’t move around the pitch.
“I don’t want to see anybody sent off, but you see a tackle out there today. The geezer should have got six months, let alone a yellow card.
“You can’t talk to him about it. You get the hump, of course you get the hump. And I get sent off. Deservedly – you shouldn’t talk to referees like that. But if that is a referee, I’m going to take the game up myself.
“That is not acceptable. And the three of them, to be fair. The fourth official has agreed that [the player] should have gone.
“Then the geezer scores a goal. [Crawley midfielder Jack Payne] has got a mark on his leg. He looks like Jack the Ripper’s just got hold of him. But you can’t say nothing to these clowns. And I mean clowns. They absolutely ruined the game.”
We think it goes without saying that the 62-year-old will want his team and the officials to perform better in their next game.
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