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Crewe chairman supports Holland

Steve Holland
Holland took over as first-team coach at Crewe in summer 2007

Crewe chairman John Bowler has said he fully supports first-team coach Steve Holland despite the Alex's poor start to the season.

The Railwaymen currently lie 23rd in League One and Holland has been the subject of protests from some sections of the club's fans.

Bowler told BBC Radio Stoke: "I don't think there's much wrong with the side but we would like to strengthen.

"I think our problems are more with the squad than the coaching or training."

Bowler also condemned those fans who have been calling for Holland to be sacked, but says he sympathises with those who are disappointed with results.

"I can understand people being anxious and disappointed," said Bowler.

"But I do think some of these protesters are doing it for fun as much as anything else."

Crewe were relegated from the Championship in 2006, and Bowler says the successes of the past are contributing to the high expectations of the current crop of supporters.

"It is fair to say that we have a number of supporters who don't remember us playing in the old Fourth Division and applying for re-election every year.

"A lot of our fans started coming to watch us when we were in the Championship and I can assure them it is our objective to get back there," he added.

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