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"I Stay Out Of First Team Affairs"

15 June 2016

Dario Gradi says he leaves the decision making up to Steve and his backroom staff.

Dario Gradi has told the club’s official web-site that he doesn’t involve himself in first-team affairs, leaving it to his former player Steve Davis and his backroom staff. The Football Club’s Director of Football says he leaves the decision making entirely up to Steve, his assistant James Collins and head of recruitment Neil Baker, concentrating his effort on producing players for the future.

Dario told “I am fairly careful to stay out of first team affairs. I wouldn’t welcome a previous manager in the same building who is getting frustrated at what the first team are doing.

“At the end of the home games, we’ll go into the boardroom and sit down with the management team and the directors and talk about the game. It is civil and I am able to say what I think.

"Steve takes that fine. I’ll say sometimes ‘I wouldn’t pick him’ and he’ll say ‘I know you wouldn’t’ and we have laugh about it. It’s his job.

Dario added: “Honesty is the best way I think and we have always been an open club. It is a footballing club and we talk about football all the time.”

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