Qayum Shakoor has been appointed as the head of the Crawley Town Under-23 team.

Shakoor has built up a positive reputation within non-league football, having scouted several players that have gone on to play in the EFL and the Premier League in recent years. He shared his story in this feature with Non-League Daily earlier this year.

He has been pivotal in identifying young players such as Tarryn Allarakhia and Brian Galach who are part of Crawley’s first-team squad and have both featured in competitive fixtures already this season.

He will bring with him a coaching team of three, and will also have the benefit of assistance from Nathan Rooney, as well as oversight from Head Coach Gabriele Cioffi and Director of Football Selim Gaygusuz.

The coaching staff joining Qayum is as follows:

Julian Charles – UEFA B License and goalkeeping coach, former professional player with Brentford, Woking and Hampton & Richmond, amongst others.

Anton Smith – UEFA B License, with previous experience working with Reading FC

Gent Marqueshi – UEFA B License, with qualifications in sports psychology


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