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Cray Wanderers appoint Neil Smith as new manager to replace Grant Basey


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Isthmian Premier Cray Wanderers have turned to Neil Smith in a bid to avoid relegation.

The former Bromley boss becomes Cray's third manager of the season, replacing Grant Basey.

Former Bromley boss Neil Smith has taken charge at Cray Wanderers.
Former Bromley boss Neil Smith has taken charge at Cray Wanderers.

Basey was appointed interim manager at the turn of the year - replacing former Gills striker Danny Kedwell at the helm.

Under Basey, Cray won five of 17 league games, with five draws and seven defeats.

Smith, who was linked with the managerial vacancies at both Gillingham and Welling earlier in the season, takes over with Cray on 32 points from 36 games.

As things stand they will avoid relegation on points per game, but they've got six matches left to climb out of the bottom three and secure safety without having to rely on other teams.

A Cray statement said: "Cray Wanderers Football Club are delighted to announce the appointment of Neil Smith as our new manager.

"Neil comes with a wealth of experience in non-league football having most recently managed our landlords Bromley FC, taking them to Wembley in the process.

"We would like to thank Grant Basey and Gary Alexander for the excellent work that they did as interims during a very difficult period for the club and we would like to wish them all the best for the future."

Smith's first game in charge of Cray will be against Kingstonian at Hayes Lane this Saturday.

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