Crewe Alexandra manager David Artell says he hopes that Mansfield Town go on to win promotion at the end of the season because he still has a great fondness for the club and ‘good people’ there.
Crewe travel to the One Call Stadium on a back of a morale boosting 6-1 win over Crawley and Artell will be looking to derail his derail his former club’s automatic promotion hopes with three points.
Artell made 55 appearances for the Stags over two seasons before Carlton Palmer came in to replace Keith Curle as manager in November 2004. Artell soon left for Chester City.
Ahead of our trip to Mansfield this weekend, the boss said: “Mansfield are a good club and there are good people there. The fans were always good and there is a strong fan base there.
“The ownership and directors have changed but some of the staff are still there and they are great people. I was talking to the assistant groundsman at the match on Monday and we had a good catch-up.
“I hope they do it because they are a good club but we will be going there to win on Saturday. I wish them all the best for the rest of the season after Saturday. I hope they go on a winning run after Saturday.”