David Artell believes that his young players are beginning to show the courage and ability to self-manage themselves in games. The Alex boss feels that his Academy graduates are beginning to make decisions for themselves more often and not have to totally rely on the manager, Kenny Lunt or senior players for instructions and direction.
Crewe host promotion hunting Carlisle United this weekend with both teams on terrific runs of late and Artell says that for the first time his young players have shown moments of self-management out on the pitch.
David told crewealex.net: “The players are beginning to get it, they are beginning to realise that what we have been telling them and showing him is the right way. We have not changed anything from what we have been doing before. Nothing has changed at all but the results have improved.
“For the first time, the players are self-managing themselves and making decisions without our instructions or from the likes of Eddie, Greenie and Ports out on the pitch.
“When you have players taking the initiative and saying I’m going to do that and then do it then that is great for the manager. You want that. As long as they don’t do something stupid then we will encourage it. We want them to use their experience and think for themselves.
He added: “When they do that, the older ones will look at it and say right I am coming along with you and that is what you want to create. They are beginning to learn what it takes to be hard to beat and pick up results.”