David Artell has described Carlisle United as a major player in the lower leagues as he prepares his Crewe Alexandra side for the visit of the Cumbrians this Saturday.
The Alex will be aiming to bounce back from successive defeats. Keith Curle’s Carlisle United side have also made an indifferent start to the new campaign and are currently 18th in the League Two table.
Ahead of our encounter at the Alexandra Stadium this weekend: “Carlisle are a big club, a huge club in the lower leagues. There has been talk of Chinese investment or Edinburgh Woollen Mill interested in investment and that is because of the size and potential of the club.
“They have a massive catchment area. There is a good supporter fan base and always have a strong budget to work with. They just missed out last season. They just couldn’t get over the line and get to Wembley last season.
“Carlisle were up there all season and went 20 something games unbeaten at the start of the season. That was a terrific achievement because it is a tough league.
“Michael (Raynes) was a part of that, so I would be foolish not to pick his brains this week. They have played some different formations and been a bit up and down, but make no mistake they are a good side and it will be tough.”