Crewe Alexandra replace Steve Davis with David Artell

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 08 January 2017, 11:40

Crewe Alexandra have parted ways with long-serving boss Steve Davis and replaced him with former club captain David Artell.

Davis took charge of the club way back in November 2011, but now after a whopping five year tenure both parties have decided that the time is right to split paths.

The 51-year-old had been the fourth longest-serving manager in the top-4 tiers of English football, behind Arsene Wenger, Paul Tisdale and Jim Bentley.

During those five years at the helm - a time frame that is virtually unheard of these days - Davis led Crewe up to League One (2011/12), before hoisting the Johnstone's Paint Trophy the following year.

However, the Railwaymen lost their third-tier status last summer (2016), and a disappointing opening-half to the current campaign has seen Crewe and Davis part ways, with the club down in 18th, without a win in seven matches.

There is currently a seven point gap between Crewe and the dreaded drop zone, and it's now the job of new boss Artell to steer his troops further clear of the bottom two, and up into the top-half of the table.

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