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Artell: "I Just Wish We Were Playing Tomorrow"

1 June 2021

Alex boss looking forward to the challenge of League One football once again.

David Artell says he is not fazed by having to compete against big clubs with bigger budgets in League One.

The Alex boss says that is the exciting challenge and says that the stability of the club always has to come first.

Crewe finished 12th in League One last season and Artell wants his players to believe that they can improve enough on that to make a genuine push for a play-off place.

Artell has already stated that the club have to be more effective and efficient in the transfer market this summer, as we cannot match the wages on offer at the majority of other League One clubs.

He told “I was looking at the league the other day and over half of the clubs have had Championship experience and I include Crewe in that of course. There are a number of them like Ipswich, Sheffield Wednesday, Bolton and Sunderland who have been in the Premier League for a number of years as well.

“We know it is a tough league and that is what we worked so hard to make it back. Everyone has their budgets and we cut our cloth accordingly. We are efficient at what we do and know what we can and cannot afford. We have been so good at what we do and I think we are one of only 15 or so EFL clubs who have not been in administration at some point, I think that is a great achievement.

“That is testimony to the board of directors, especially the ones who were here before. They did a terrific job and that is great credit to them.

“When you look at the league, you have clubs like Sunderland and Ipswich who will spend big and give it a right go again to get out of the league. Those who came down won’t want to stick around too long, Bolton were in the Premier League not that long ago. I am not fazed though because we do respect everyone but we don’t fear them.

“Shrewsbury will be spending this summer. Plymouth are a massive club and then you have a club like Accrington Stanley, who have a terrific manager in John Coleman and they are a really established League One club under him and Jimmy Bell.

“They are always one of the favourites to struggle or tripped to go down and I always laugh and think how is that possible? They have been here for eight or so years now and they always punch above their weight.

“If John (Coleman) had been in charge at Bristol Rovers, I am not sure they would have gone down in the end for example.

David added: “Some of those clubs have massive budgets compared to us and you just have to say ‘fair enough’ and make sure you compete on the pitch. We should have got over the line against Sunderland when we conceded those two late goals. We gave Hull and Ipswich great games. In football anything can happen and I just wish we were playing tomorrow.”   

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