Kewell set to quit Crawley for Charlton


Former Socceroos star Harry Kewell is set to sensationally quit Crawley Town for ex-Premier League outfit Charlton Athletic, according to reports.

The Mirror and The Sun first reported the move, with London-based newspaper Kent Live since revealing the Australian's exit could come within the next 48 hours.

After manager Karl Robinson parted ways with the League One outift shortly after reports first emerged, Kewell has since been identified as the perfect replacement, with an Australian Football Consortium closing in on a takeover of the club.

And while the former Leeds United and Liverpool attacker denied the ordeal after his side's 3-2 League Two loss to Wycombe Wanderers, Kent Live believe Crawley are already preparing for life after the 39-year-old.

AFL club Essendon's board member Andrew Muir and prominent sports consultant Gerard Murphy are among those involved with the consortium, who have been advised by Mark Schwarzer and Ange Postecoglou in the past.

Conceivably, an Aussie-controlled English club could be the first port of call for any A-League talents looking to try their luck in Europe.

After a difficult start to the 2017-18 season left Crawley fans clamouring for his dismissal, Kewell oversaw a sensational mid-season revival that has left the Reds pushing for League One promotion.

With just five League Two defeats between November and the beginning of March, Kewell's ability to produce results under pressure could prove beneficial to a Charlton side sitting just two points adrift of the final Championship playoff spot.

Should the deal materialise, Kewell would likely link up with former Leeds teammate - and current caretaker coach - Lee Bowyer, who served as his assistant during his time with Watford's Under-23s.

Source SBS The World Game, AAP