Crawley makes Sydney switch

John Crawley has rejoined former Central Coast boss Graham Arnold at Sydney FC as the club’s new goalkeeping coach.

Crawley left the Mariners after a decade at the club, with Matthew Nash installed as his replacement at the yellow and navy blue.

Crawley, a former Blacktown City and Sydney United keeper, will replace Zelkjo Kalac who has already joined Western Sydney as their goalkeeping coach.

The 43-year-old previously formed a strong unit at the Mariners with Arnold and Andrew Clark, head of strength and conditioning, who has also made the move to the harbour city.

Crawley said he was delighted to be joining Sydney FC and working with Arnold again.

“The club had an excellent season under his guidance last year and I’m very excited to see what we can go on to achieve both in the Hyundai A-League and in Asia this year,” Crawley said.

“We have two very good keepers on the books in Vedran Janjetovic and Anthony Bouzanis and I look forward to helping them go on to get even better.”

Crawley has played a key role in the development of some of the nation’s elite shot-stoppers and was hailed by Arnold for his coaching ability.

“John Crawley is one of the best, if not the best, goalkeeper coaches in the country,” Sydney FC’s head coach said.

“His record speaks for itself in the keepers he has developed, including Danny Vukovic, Mat Ryan, Adam Federici and Andrew Redmayne. He brings a wealth of knowledge and 10 years Hyundai A-League experience to the role.

“I am looking forward to seeing how Vedran and Anthony develop under his tuition and for them to be open-minded to experiencing new goalkeeping methods.

“Obviously I’ve worked with him before, we had a great relationship and I look forward to working with him again.”