Davis bemused by Gradi snub

Dario Gradi: Wealth of experience

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Steve Davis has questioned why the FA have never turned to Dario Gradi to assist with the development of young players.

In over three decades at Crewe Gradi, who was manager for a 24-year spell between 1983 and 2007 and had a further two years in charge from 2009 to 2011, has seen the likes of Geoff Thomas, David Platt, Robbie Savage, Neil Lennon, Danny Murphy, Dean Ashton and David Vaughan, to name but a few, pass through the youth ranks at Gresty Road.

In light on England's dismal showing at the European Championships in Israel, Davis fails to understand why the FA have overlooked Gradi and believes the 71-year-old's experience and foresight could still prove beneficial.

"I'm surprised about the England situation with them looking at developing young players as there's no-one I've come across with the experience and knowledge and foresight that he's got," Davis told Crewe's official website.

"Even now he could have an influence at the FA. There's no reason why they shouldn't involve him still and giving the players a pathway.

"At the moment they haven't got the pathway through at any of the clubs. We still produce internationals at our level so I'm sure at the top end they can do that, it's just having the right people there.

"He's invaluable to the FA and this country but I'm surprised he's never been asked. Someone with that knowledge and experience should have been considered, even on a part-time basis."