Two Crewe fans are somewhat disillusioned with their club both on and off the pitch this season.
About the fans…
Ian– I’ve been a fan since I was 7 or 8 and one of my earliest and fondest memories was the 2-2 draw with Tottenham in the 1960’s.
Chinaalex – I’ve been a Crewe fan for years.
How are your team doing?
We have chosen to lose too many of our better players over recent seasons including Mellor, Clayton and obviously Grant (which was a very poor decision last year)…
Ian – Not very well at all obviously. We have chosen to lose too many of our better players over recent seasons including Mellor, Clayton and obviously Grant (which was a very poor decision last year) for a variety of reasons and it has clearly cost us heavily. Its been a very frustrating year. We have shown signs of being slightly better recently but our form either side of Christmas was really terrible.
Chinaalex – Swear filter in full use!
Where you think you will finish in terms of league position?
Ian – 24th.
Chinaalex – Bottom.
Who should we watch out for?
Ian – We still have a few decent ones. Garrett is the obvious although sadly I can’t see him sticking around to play in League 2. You should also look out for Guthrie in defence and Jamie Jones and Callum Ainley in midfield, all promising players.
Chinaalex – Ben Garrett – only decent player we have.
What are your thoughts on your manager?
Ian – Where to start. For me I fail to understand his logic in bringing in a number of young players from other clubs who aren’t good enough when we could simply look at our own historically successful academy, I firmly believe we should be looking to develop our own if youth is the way we are going. He desperately need players with pace as we have little or none through the team. Personally I would let him go now, we have been through a lot with him but he doesn’t seemingly learn from his mistakes and can’t motivate the team to put together two good halves in a game.
Chinaalex – Not printable.
What are your thoughts on your board?
I’m sure we would all like to know who owns what…
Ian – We clearly have limited finances and a few issues off the pitch. I’m sure we would all like to know who owns what. The board do in their defence seem to work very hard but I would suggest fresh blood on the board is needed and would be welcomed by all.
Chinaalex – The same as my views on the manager above!
Any views on the current Port Vale team?
Ian – Half of your team is made up of our former players isn’t it, everyone finds that funny. Your manager has produced a good team to have been sniffing around the play-offs for most of the season until tailing off recently and I think Vale fans should be thankful for Page.
Chinaalex – No.
Did you attend the reverse fixture earlier this season?
Ian – Yes, I didn’t think there was too much between the sides and I was optimistic off the back of the game we would do as well as you this season, not so as its proven to be though. I thought Vale probably edged the second half without a real killer instinct. As with most recent fixtures between the two sides I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Chinaalex – Yes, a typical derby.
Any views or memories of players involved with both teams?
I really liked Michael O’Connor when he was with us as he had quality…
Ian – Dave Brammer in his heyday was some player for both teams. I really liked Michael O’Connor when he was with us as he had quality but he fell out with the Manager Gudjon and was kicked off the bus and sadly left, a great shame.
Chinaalex – Tony Naylor, class player.
A score prediction?
Ian – Lets be optimistic and go 2-2 with Grant opening the scoring for Vale, Ainsey equalising with his first goal for Crewe, Moore (if he plays) putting you back ahead before Marcus Haber equalises to give us something to cheer!
Chinaalex – Anything from 1-0 to 8-0, it depends which team of ours turns up.
With the domestic season almost over, it’s time to turn our attention to Euro 2016, so why not take a look at the Euro 2016 groups and how the teams breakdown.