Head of Recruitment
Date of birth
Neil Baker arrived at Gresty Road in 1994 after being appointed as Dario Gradi’s assistant manager. Baker had previously taken charge of Leek Town in 1986 and famously led the Staffordshire club to The Football League Trophy at Wembley Stadium in 1990, but they were to lose 3-0 to Barrow.
Baker soon established himself at Crewe Alexandra as an assured coach, man-motivator and scout. Baker’s outstanding record of success in scouting has seen the likes of Luke Varney, Steve Jones and John Brayford arrive from non-league clubs and go on to bigger and better things.
He was an integral part of the club that saw Crewe promoted to the Championship for the first time in 1997 and then again in 2003. Baker and Steve Holland also took temporary charge of first-team affairs in September 2003 when Gradi needed heart surgery to correct a valve.
Baker and Holland took charge for five matches before Gradi returned to action in the middle of October.
Baker continued in his role of assistant manager/player recruitment under Dario’s successors Holland then Icelander Gudjon Thordarson. He was later replaced by the incoming Steve Davis and returned to scouting duties within the club.
When Davis succeeded Thordarson as manager in November 2011, Baker was immediately re-installed as assistant Manager as part of the new regime.
Baker played his role in seeing Crewe win promotion at the end of the 2011/12 season after a club record 19-game unbeaten run saw the Railwaymen into the play-offs and back into League One thanks to a 2-0 win over Cheltenham Town at Wembley. He was in the dug-out to help Crewe lift the Football League Trophy for the first time a year later thanks to a 2-0 win over Southend United.
Baker is now head of scouting and recruitment at the Football Club.