How did they do?
The Alex finished last season in 12th place, winning 19 and losing 19 of their games. Their wins included the 6-1 home triumph over Reds in March and their defeats the 3-0 loss at The People’s Pension Stadium last November.
Who’s in charge?
David Artell, 38, had three seasons as a player with Alex and during his career he made over 500 professional appearances. He moved to coaching with Crewe’s Academy in 2014 and three years later was promoted to first-team manager.
Crewe released four players at the end of last season including long-serving goalkeeper Ben Garratt as well as Michael Raynes, Alex Nicholls and Joe Lynch. New deals have been offered to Jordan Bowery, Oliver Finney, Travis Johnson, Regan Griffiths, Billy Sass-Davies, Josh Lundstram and Luke Offord. Bowery is considering his options while striker Shaun Miller has reached agreement and will be made a free agent. The experienced Nicky Hunt has signed a new one-year contract.
Who’s coming and who might be?
Defender Ollie Lancashire is Artell’s first summer signing. The defender has signed a two-year deal after he was released by Swindon at the end of last season. Artell is keen to look at the loan market to improve his squad and says Championship clubs are the likely destination should any of his best players move on.
How is their pre-season shaping up?
Highlight of Crewe’s pre-season schedule is a home game against Burnley on July 20. They finish their preparations a week later at Wrexham.
The aforementioned Miller made five appearances including four starts while on loan from Coventry City in the 2014-15 campaign.