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A Fresh Start? Crewe Alexandra

Thursday 24th November 2011
Club legend Dario Gradi has stepped down from his role as manager, handing the reigns to assistant manager Steve Davis. Is this the start of a new era for the Railwaymen? Many think that it will carry on pretty much the same with Gradi moving upstairs to Director of Football, will he still have a major input on team selection and tactics or will he let Davis and assistant Neil Baker stamp their mark on the young side?

Davis' first game in charge was an FA Cup 1st round tie against League One Colchester where he made 2 changes to the side that lost 3-0 at home to Torquay the week before, dropping his son Harry to the bench. Things were looking better and after a bright start then the Reds took the lead when Byron Moore coolly finished however an Ashley Westwood red card two minutes later didn't help Crewe's situation and the extra man showed as the U's some how won 4-1, a very flattering score line.
The hard work was to start after the cup exit with an away league fixture at Morecambe's Globe Arena, the Shrimpers, an early frontrunner in the league, were a good test for the new manager and a test for the players after suffering 2 consecutive league defeats prior to facing Jim Bentley's side. Recent academy graduates Nick Powell and Max Clayton were to thank as Crewe came from behind after a Kevin Ellison goal to win the game 2-1.

Off the pitch Steve has also made his mark by ending the contract of Antoni Sarcevic who joined the club from Woodley Sports in May 2010. The midfielder only made a handful of appearances at Gresty Road and a move to non-league Chester could work out well for the former Manchester City youth player. Jordan Connerton is another player that was shown the door by Davis as the former Lancaster striker joins Kendal on loan. It will be interesting to see who Davis can bring in with a striker and full-back on the radar.

In my opinion Davis is the right man for the job at this moment in time and I believe that he won't sit in the shadow of club legend Dario Gradi. I hope that the season starts here and we go into the Hereford game on Saturday looking like a team with a purpose.
Nathaniel Holland

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