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Should Dario Gradi Get A Knighthood?

Dario Gradi stepped aside from the manager's job in a manner you'd expect from him, no fuss and no major tributes. Maybe because he isn't going anywhere as such, but the first team reigns have been handed on to Steve Holland and we can no longer truly say that Dario Gradi is our manager.

We all know what Dario's done for the club. From over 17million in transfer fees received to one of the best Academies in the country, and from Dean Ashton to David Platt. It all goes without saying that Dario's achievements won't be replicated nor beaten in our life time.

So will there be any lasting tributes for Dario? A statue? A stand in his name? A knighthood?

Dario received an MBE in 1998 when named in the New Years Honours List but 9 years on, does Dario deserve a higher honour?

Only this year we saw Ryan Giggs, the Manchester United winger, receive an OBE for his 'services to football'. OBE happens to be a rank up from MBE in the honours system, MBE being the lowest rank followed by OBE, then CBE, then KBE (DBE) and finally GBE. The latter two are classed as knighthoods.

What, then, has Giggs done for football that Dario hasn't? Obviously Dario hasn't been one of Manchester United's best players for the past 15 years but then Giggs hasn't been responsible for helping make the likes of David Platt, Geoff Thomas, Danny Murphy & Neil Lennon the players they were.

We aren't simply talking his achievements with our club, but his influence on English football as a whole. He's based his entire career on giving youngsters from the UK a chance ahead of multi-million pound imports and helped so many youngsters go on and achieve their dreams.

Just because he's at a small club, operating on a tiny budget, why should his services to football fall behind those of Ryan Giggs and Alan Shearer?

Then, maybe you're someone who believes that honours should be left for real heroes and not sports stars and celebrities. It's a valid point, but unfortunately they've set the standard at giving sports stars knighthoods.

To gauge opinions on this there is a new poll up. Simple question... Should Dario Gradi Get A Knighthood? Yes or no?

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Writer: Dink Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday July 21 2007

Time: 2:40AM

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I have full admiration for Dario especially for his length of service to your club and with the limited amount of funds that were availabl to him but a Knighthood?? I'm not being disrespectful but if people keep throwing knighthoods around to celebrate mediocrity, all that will do is just water down the true element of being knighted for those who have served the country and not just a football team, and a football team who have not really achieved very much for a very long time!!
Millwalljohn
not acheived much...you should take a lot round Crewe and see what he has done for the football club and the area.
mowen23
Sure... but not worthy of a knighthood! and that was my point... I wasn't trying to be offensive.
Millwalljohn
no but then again a lot of sports stars don't deserve knighthood. good luck for the forthcoming season. reckon you will do well. p.s how's brammer getting on?
mowen23
Without a doubt Dario Gradi deserves a knighthood for his services to football.
LUFC1
Exactly... alot of sports stars don't deserve a knighthood. Brammers doing great thanks... and good luck to you guys for the coming season too
Millwalljohn
As I said above, whilst a lot believe there's no sense in giving give sports people honours; it happens and they've set their own standards. So if Giggs can get an OBE for being a decent Man Utd player, why can't Dario get a knighthood for what he's done for football? Not talking just at Crewe, he's been an influence at the FA too.
Dink.
Personally I don't think Giggs is worth a gong... He gets paid very well for what he does and that should be enough. Its people who devote their lives to charity etc and get no recognition for it are the ones who deserve them.
Millwalljohn
I know, Giggs probably shouldn't get one, and Ferguson shouldn't be knighted, and those who actually do some good should be honoured ahead of them; but my point was, they have set the standards at giving sportsmen/women honours... so compared to Giggs and the like, why shouldn't Dario get a knighthood?
Dink.
Totally agree with you LUFC1...Dario has been a credit to football!
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