During his thirty years at Crewe Alexandra Dario Gradi MBE has made many friends in high places and perhaps the most famous of those is outgoing Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson.
In June 2010, David Artell signed for Crewe Alexandra from Morecambe on a free transfer. Legendary Alex boss Dario Gradi was looking for a centre-half who could head the ball clear in his own box and score goals in the other and the 6ft 3in Yorkshireman fitted the bill perfectly.
Captain Luke Murphy’s opening goal in Sunday’s Football League Trophy Final no doubt sent his eventual transfer fee soaring still higher. The Alsager born midfield maestro is almost certain to be the next player to join ‘Millionaire’s Row’ at Reasheath training ground and his scintillating displays in an Alex shirt this season deserve nothing less.
There are numerous similarities between Dario Gradi MBE and the fictional Roald Dahl character,Willy Wonka. The man from Milan even has his very own conveyor belt over at Reasheath, though what he produces are the finest technical footballers as oppose to the tastiest confectionary.