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'That First Window Set Us Up For Anything"

12 January 2022

Boss says first experience of January window means he can handle most things thrown at him.

David Artell has told the club’s official website that whatever happens in this window will be nothing to the one he experienced after succeeding Steve Davis as manager in January 2017.

Artell was thrust into a relegation battle in League Two and quickly inherited a problem with Ryan Lowe and Harry Davis expressing a desire to leave just hours after the succession.

Crewe avoided being dragged in a relegation dogfight and a possible drop into the non-league and loan signings that January such as Callum Cooke and Jordan Bowery helped us achieve that, especially through the Bowery and Chris Dagnall partnership.

Artell explained to the club’s official website: “Nothing will compare to that first transfer window when I was thrust into it. I was first given the job and I think there was about three weeks of the window remaining.

“I took 160 calls on deadline day and travelled to Exeter to watch them, which wasn’t necessarily the cleverest thing to do on deadline day! It was mind blowing and really tough going because I think we were 17th, 18th in League Two at the time.

“If we got it wrong then we were in big trouble. We had a decent window and got ourselves away from it.

“It is always long days and long hours in January but the aim is to always have a good window. That is what we will try to do, to give ourselves the best chance of remaining in this league.”


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