Steve Davis Replaces Dario Gradi At Crewe

Paul Smith by Paul Smith / 10 November 2011, 14:47

Steve Davis has been name as the new manager of Crewe Alexandra after long-term boss Dario Gradi stepped down. Davis will be joined by assistant Neil Baker as they embark on a new era at the club, while Gradi will stay on as Director of Football. Crewe revealed in a statement that the new Football League rules governing youth development was the main reason behind the decision.

70-year-old Gradi is a true Crewe legend having spent a whopping 24 years in charge, overseeing a mammoth 1,353 matches and winning four promotions during that time frame. However, Crewe have endured a difficult start to the season with Gradi booed by some supporters during last Saturday's 3-0 defeat by Torquay, which leaves The Railwaymen 18th in League Two. The club decided it was time for a change and assistant manager Davis has thus stepped up and been appointed as the new boss. The 46-year-old is a former Northwich and Nantwich manager, who played under Gradi at Crewe between 1983 and 1987. He will now look to rejuvenate the side and move them up the table.

Crewe host League One side Colchester in the FA Cup first round on Saturday. John Ward's Colchester are the 13/10 favourites with Paddy Power, while Crewe are priced at 9/5 to get off to a winning start under Davis, with a draw available at 12/5. His first league match in charge will be away to high flying Morecambe on Saturday 19th November. Fifth-placed Morecambe are the odds-on 8/11 favourites to win the game and take their unbeaten streak to six matches while Crewe are the 10/3 outsiders with a draw priced at 12/5.

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