David Artell has told the club’s official website that it is sad to see fellow managers lose their jobs.
Both Barnet and Stevenage recently changed their managers after Graham Westley and Darren Sarll failed to satisfy their club’s expectation levels. Both clubs are looking for a bounce to end the season on a high, but Artell still admits he was surprised to see Sarll depart Stevenage following their recent draws with us and Port Vale.
The Crewe boss told us: “It is never nice to see managers lose their jobs. It is a tough gig football management and most managers lose their job at some point. It is really unfortunate but club chairman and owners do it for their own reasons.
“Barnet have turned to Mad Dog (Martin Allen) again. I think it is the 5th time he has gone in there, so at least he won’t need to be shown where his office is. They want to give themselves a chance and because he knows the club better than most, he will be looking to hit the ground running.
“I like Darren and I was surprised to see him leave Stevenage. I spoke to him when we were down there and he was out watching the same game as me recently. We had a chat again and whatever was said will remain private, so I was really surprised when I was told he had been sacked.
“I thought that he and Glen Roeder had done a really good job there. It is irrelevant really what I think , but I think he was unfortunate. He is a good guy and I like him.”