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It`s been a slow news week here on Crewe Vital so here`s a pre-Christmas poser for you. If you could ask the Crewe management, backroom staff, directors or anybody related to the club one specific question and you knew they would give a straight and honest answer, what would it be? Go on, think about it…

Perhaps it would be asking why the club are so reluctant to spend money on improving the team even though we are one of the richest clubs in the league? Or why we have an assistant manager yet no manager? Or maybe why Dario seems to go into hiding every time we start playing badly? Would it kill the management to show the fans some ambition once in a while because they are rarely encouraging in the media? Is Ben Williams really told to stay on his line? What do the club intend to so about falling attendances? Will we sell our best players if good offers come in in January? Why were the club`s directors so silent and unwilling to answer questions at the last AGM? Would we consider selling the ground and moving elsewhere if a reasonable offer came in? Who does Dario think he is addressing when he comes on the radio because it certainly doesn`t seem like the fans as he rarely mentions them and continually says things that suggest he is becoming less and less bothered about results and the clubs league position?

Not so easy coming up with just one is it? I suppose what I`m trying to get at is the expanding gap between the club and supporters. It`s clear that the supporters have never been high on the club`s list of priority but now more than ever it seems that the gap is bigger than ever.

The fact that the questions I suggested above are just an example of the many unanswered questions that fans would like to know really shows the gulf between Crewe and the supporters. Whilst other clubs refund supporters for travelling long distances to watch poor performances, or subsidise travel costs, or reward loyal supporters, Crewe have never done this or even suggested anything of the like. In fact sometimes it feels like it`s a struggle for the Alex to acknowledge the role of the supporters at all.

The bravest Crewe fans, just over a hundred of them, made a six hour round trip to Hartlepool last week to watch 'the worst side I`ve seen in a long time,` one Hartlepool fan commented. Then for the management to come out with the same old rubbish on the radio in the media is hard to take, especially for those fans who made the long trip north just before Christmas.

The fans understand that Crewe are a selling club and don`t have vast amounts of money to spend on players, but sometimes they would just like to know what`s going on with their club that they spend their hard earned time and money on week in, week out.

The supporters just want to see good honest football by committed players who wear the shirt with pride and who play football because they love the game. They also want to support a club that`s honest with them about the state of play and one that gives a little back in return now and again, if only brief acknowledgment of the fans commitment. At the moment I feel none of this is the case and if the club don`t start reorganising their priorities on and off the pitch soon, less and less supporters are going to be walking through the turnstiles each week.

Writer:Tomfcafc
Date:Thursday December 20 2007
Time: 8:00PM

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