Kewell will replace former sacked manager Dermot Drummy.This will be the first senior managerial post for the 38-year-old.

Director of Football Selim Gaygusuz told the club's website: "During his interview Harry showed us great passion - that's need to make this team move onwards."

Crawley Town took to Twitter to make the announcement and ran a lengthy bio of the ex-Leeds United and Liverpool winger's career on the club website.

Kewell will meet local media on Friday.

Kewell was one of several coaches previously linked with the vacant Newcastle Jets post which eventually went to former Wellington Phoenix boss, Ernie Merrick.

In the past he has expressed a desire to coach in the A-League, but admitted his ultimate goal was to take the reins at Liverpool FC.

Last year he told Fox Sports: "I always dreamed big when I was a player. I always wanted to hit the heights, play at the highest level, play for the biggest teams.

“There’s no difference, I want to go to the highest level in management.

“I may be a great coach, I may be a great assistant coach, I may be a great under-23’s coach or it may be I’m great at academy level, I don’t know yet. I’m going to try go for the highest level.”