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Communication Will Continue Between Players Through ''Scouting Missions'

30 March 2020

Crewe Alexandra manager David Artell says it is vital that he and his staff maintain face-to-face communication with his players. Artell has devised a ‘scouting task’ for his squad of players this week and they will have face-to-face interaction to produce a report on one of our remaining nine opponents.

The Alex boss wants the players to remain focussed on the job at hand for once we are given the green light to safely return to work. Crewe are currently top of League Two with nine fixtures remaining.

Artell told the club’s official website: “We have devised them a task which will encourage them to watch the opposition and have that face-to-face interaction through whatever platform they choose.

“They will work in groups of 3 and watch the last three games of the opponents that have been uploaded to our server. They will report back to us with the strengths and weaknesses of the opposition.

“The staff usually do the analysis on the opposition and bring those pointers to the players, but if we are asked to play Saturday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday when we do come back, then that time to do analysis will be short. This gives us the perfect chance to do that work now and be prepared, whilst also maintaining that face-to-face contact through technology.

“If there is one thing to come out of this crisis, it is that people are missing those face-to-face meetings. They miss it and perhaps with all the technology we have moved away from that a bit. If this is to be re-boot within society then I think that can be a good thing.

He added: “I would imagine the players are missing the dressing room, the banter, the chance to train and play and the fact that they cannot have a game of table tennis or darts with their mate after lunch. It is those small things that we take for granted. “

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