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WELL done Crewe, and in par­tic­u­lar

their man­ager Steve Davis. Last week­end’s

JPT win over Southend was richly de­served.

Crewe’s fans know the score.The club pro­duces won­der­ful young play­ers

but must sell them to stay afloat. Last year they saw Nick Pow­ell, their finest prospect since Dean Ash­ton, snapped up by

Manch­ester United af­ter a hand­ful of games.

Those fans can only savour brief glimpses of play­ers set for star­dom

else­where. They know that Max Clay­ton,

a hero on Sun­day, won’t be around for

long. So for them to take sil­ver­ware home

is some­thing we should all cher­ish. And Davis stands as a mon­u­ment

to all those who did it the hard way. I re­mem­ber speak­ing to the 47-year-old when he

man­aged NantwichTown in the North­West Coun­ties League. As the club’s only

full­time em­ployee, he man­aged the team, washed the kits, and even ran the club’s com­mu­nity scheme and vis­ited schools. This was a man who won pro­mo­tion

to the Pre­mier League with Barnsley,

yet he wasn’t afraid to learn his trade.

In an era when re­tir­ing Pre­mier League play­ers waltz straight into the dugout, of­ten to find them­selves over­whelmed, Davis’ success should re­mind all chair­men that the Non-League game is

full of tal­ented man­agers wait­ing for a break.

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