WHY CREWE’S SUCCESS IS GOOD NEWS
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.