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Crawley Town want #WagmiOut

After a four-year spell with the Red Devils Ashley Nadesan follows Tom Nicholls to Gillingham

The fans of Crawley Town are furious and they’re beginning to adopt the beliefs that their time in the EFL could be hanging by a thread. 

Just over a decade ago, the Red Devils - not to be confused with Manchester United - were a thriving side, and sealed back-to-back promotions and League One football with a 1-0 win over Accrington Stanley. However, times are not so bright and rosey at the moment.

#WagamiOut a very popular hashtag amongst Crawley’s faithful, and they’ve just about reached their limit. 

Gillingham have stolen Ashley Nadesan from Crawley with the striker following Tom Nicholls to the Priestfield Stadium. Super ‘Tommy Nicholls’ as the Red Devils fans used to sing, departed Crawley midway through last season, and enjoyed keeping the Gills up and alive in League Two.

The new ownership at Gillingham has breathed new life into the club who are certainly heading in the the right direction, and it’s something Crawley fans are sure to envy. New ownership something that the vast majority of Crawley supporters are evermore crying out and hoping for.

Nadesan scored 31 goals in 167 appearances for the Sussex side after joining from Fleetwood Town in the summer of 2019. Moreover, the 28-year-old netted seven times of his 48 outings last season. The striker’s four-year spell at Crawley has come to an end, and the fact it’s Gillingham signing their players again only further frustrates the Red Devils’ fans. Gills have not disclosed the length of Nasedan’s contract, nor the price that they’ve paid for the former Horley Town man who becomes the Kent club’s sixth signing of the transfer window. 

Crawley manager Scott Lindsey has also been stocking up on attacking players, with Danilo Orski, Harry Forster and Klaidi Lolos joining. Additionally, the Red Devils are rumoured to linked with West Ham attacking midfielder Kamarai Simon-Swyer, but this doesn’t cut it for the Crawley fans. 

“What am I looking at,” wrote one Crawley fan on Twitter as his club announced Nasedan’s departure. Many have not been overly-pleased with Crawley’s transfer policy so far and the strikers departure has not benefitted those views. 

One fan joked: “Let’s give them our whole team shall we?” Another less humorously: “Superb another good signing for Gillingham so they can soar above us again.”

And, the move has further inspired the fans to call for owners Wagami United - headed by Preston Johnson and Eben Smith - to go. It’s no secret, they’re not very popular amongst the fans of the club that they own, and tipping point has surely got to come soon, if it hasn’t already...

The Red Devils endured a rather underwhelming 2022/23 season and as the Guardian put it: ‘Crawley crumbled under owners’ reckless leadership.’ When the cryptocurrency company bought the club in April 2022 they said: “We think the club can do better and our fans deserve better.” Well, they definitely didn’t ‘do better’ and the fans for sure don’t feel like they’ve even delivered the better that they deserve. 

Crawley just about stayed up last season, finishing 22nd with 46 points. three adrift of relegation. This was not the improvement on a 12th-placed finish from the season before that Wagami United suggested they would provide and aim for. 

Things have turned toxic at Crawley as one fan joked (or maybe not) if they could claim a refund on their season ticket. Moreover, many suggest that they could find themselves preparing for a season in the National League this time next year, and potentially even further down the pyramid in times to come. 

They could be over reacting...but it’s unlikely this is the case as Crawley find themselves 10/3 alongside Harrogate on Sky Bet’s relegation odds for league Two this year. And, with another big name and character at the club leaving for elsewhere, could they be doomed? 

Something has got to change, and the fans are crying out for it regarding their ownership. It just remains to see if they’ll get their wish or if Crawley will endure another potentially long season under Wagami United’s reign. The season hasn’t even began yet and the alarms bells are being rung by the Crawley faithful, which is deeply concerning and worrying to say the least.

How do you see them getting on this season? Let us know...

By @luke_powell - Crowdplod Journalist and Writer

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