Gradi expects bids for star
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Crewe manager Dario Gradi is expecting bids for Alex star Billy Jones.
Crewe manager Dario Gradi believes clubs would be well-advised to take a look at Alex star Billy Jones.
The 19-year-old, who can play in either defence or midfield, has been watched by Everton scouts in recent weeks.
West Bromwich Albion are also thought to be interested in the highly-sought after Alex Academy graduate.
Gradi, whose side were recently relegated to League One, admits he is unaware of firm interest in the prospect but is expecting to be inundated with offers before long.
"I don't know if there's any truth in the rumours," said Gradi.
"But if they've got any sense they'll all be looking at him."
Meanwhile, Gradi is facing up to life outside The Championship:
"There aren't really any positives to be taken from this season because relegation is disappointing but I suppose it will be easier for us to put the youngsters out in the league below," he said.
"However last week we played in front of 20,000 fans at Leeds and that's nice - but we won't be able to do that anymore.
"It's going to be hard to bounce straight back - last time we got promoted we did it as champions but this time the competition is stronger but I don't think we are as strong.
"The first thing to do is to make sure we don't slide down League One."