David Artell believes that his squad is in much better shape now than when he succeeded Steve Davis as manager in January, but he admits that the progress has not gone as quickly as he would have liked. Crewe are currently 17th in the League Two table after a poor September sent us down from a high spot of fourth.
Artell says there is plenty of time to turn things around this season, but we have to find a level of real consistency if we are going to be genuine contenders for a top 7 finish.
Speaking ahead of our weekend trip to Colchester, the honest boss said: “I think we have made progress, although people will rightly say that the results have not reflected that. I think we are in better shape now than we were in January.
“We maybe have not picked up as many points as some of our performances have deserved. That isn’t an excuse. I just think those who have seen the majority of the games, would say we have been a bit unfortunate not to have more points because we haven’t had too many really bad performances.
“I think there have been far less of those type of performances and that we are heading in the right direction. Has the progress been as quickly as I would have liked? The answer is no. It has gone on longer than we have hoped but I said from the start, it is evolution and not revolution.
“We know we cannot keep on winning one, losing one, winning one, losing one if we want to be at the right end of this league.”