Steve Davis Is The Best Man For The Job
Around four and a half years ago, the week Steve Holland was announced as Dario Gradi`s successor, I wrote on this very site proclaiming Holland as the new messiah. I think, following the biggest change at the club for some 24 years, everyone felt the same optimism. How wrong we were.
That, along with the experience of Gudjon Thordarson`s disastrous spell, has inevitably led to a few more fans taking the cautious approach as Steve Davis takes the team for the first time as manager of Crewe Alexandra tomorrow.
Yesterday`s announcement came somewhat out of the blue. The club cited illness as the reason behind Dario`s absence from the touchline on Tuesday night at Oldham. The first murmurings of Davis` appointment only emerged on the Message Boards a couple of hours before its announcement on Thursday morning.
It has though been common knowledge that Davis was always being primed for the job and it seems like Dario only set the ball rolling last Saturday night following the events of that afternoon.
It`s a shame that in the end it was the fans & poor performances that made up Dario`s mind and Dario, despite his "they won`t force me out" bravado, sounded genuinely hurt last weekend. Performances weren`t up to scratch though and they weren`t improving, it seemed only a matter of time before Dario did say "No more".
Sceptics are already pointing out the sense of deja vu and the parallels with the Holland appointment, I don`t think it`s a fair comparison. Credit has to be given to the club for giving a much clearer picture this week.
Back in 2007 they made a mess of Holland`s appointment - Chairman John Bowler, I remember, oddly insisting "nothing had changed" and Dario was "manager in all but name". In another breath that Holland would have the final say. Clear confusion as to what they had just done.
This time it`s clear Davis has been handed full control of the ship from the off. There will always be conspiracists who will, whilst Dario`s alive at least, pin any defeat or lack of progress on Dario & his presence at the club but that would wrongfully be discrediting anything good Davis does as Manager.
He`s already earmarked strikers and left backs as potential loan signings in the coming days & he`s already stated he wants to change the way we play. He is Crewe Alexandra`s Manager and he`s brought some refreshing views into the role.
We know from experience though that talking the talk is the easy part of the job, what happens on the pitch is what matters. Davis has already shown he`s competent in the Manager`s role, there was little he did wrong in his five years at Nantwich Town. Coupled with his two years as assistant manager at Gresty Road, he`s worked his way into this job.
So, he "arrives" with slightly more of a background than Holland and more of a "Crewe Alexandra brain" (with his 140-odd appearances for the club) than Gudjon Thordarson. Any appointment at any club is always in some part a gamble but Davis is certainly an appointment that will bring a manager who's formulated his ideas away from Gresty Road whilst having a sense of continuity.
All we as fans can do now is get behind the team, Davis & the club and wait and see what he has to offer for 2012 and beyond.