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Thordarson appointed Crewe boss

Gudjon Thordarson
Thordarson managed Iceland between 1997 and 1999

League One strugglers Crewe Alexandra have appointed former Iceland and Stoke City manager Gudjon Thordarson as their new boss.

Thordarson, 53, replaces Steve Holland who was relieved of his duties at the Alexandra Stadium in November.

He told BBC Radio Stoke: "It will be a big challenge, but I'm looking forward to it.

"I know it will require a lot of hard work and commitment. It won't be easy, but I'm ready to take it on."

Thordarson arrives in South Cheshire with the Railwaymen sitting bottom of League One with just 13 points from their first 21 games.

"The challenge is one of the things that attracted me to the job," said Thordarson.

"A job without a challenge is hard to get motivated for."

Thordarson will take charge of the Alex for the first time in the FA Cup third round tie against Millwall at the New Den on 3 January.

Current caretaker manager Dario Gradi will continue to look after first-team affairs for the League One fixtures against Oldham and Hartlepool on Boxing Day and 28 December respectively.


Thordarson became Stoke City's first non-British manager in 1999, leading the Potters to the Football League Trophy in 2000.

He then led the Potters to promotion via the play-offs in 2002, but left the club in the same summer after his contract was not renewed.

The Icelander then went on to have spells in charge of Barnsley and Notts County before returning to his homeland to manage Akranes in 2006.

"I want to build a team, to make things happen rather than wait for them to happen," said Thordarson.

"I think my ideas and the way that the people at Crewe want to go forward go well together."

Gradi will now return to his role as technical director at the Alexandra Stadium and Thordarson said he is looking forward to working with the Man from Milan.

"In my mind Dario is the biggest asset at the club," said Thordarson.

"We will work closely to develop the club's young players and his experience will be a great help."

Thordarson also said he has already assessed the Crewe squad and is ready for a busy time in the January transfer window.

"I will be discussing with the people at the club what I would like to do," he said.

"We need to make decisions on what players will be going out and what players I can bring in."

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Thordarson exits Notts County job
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