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I am a better manager now - Gradi

Dario Gradi
Dario Gradi has taken charge of Crewe for more than 1,200 matches

Crewe Alexandra caretaker manager Dario Gradi has said his experience will be vital in trying to get the club back to winning ways.

The 68-year-old is back in the Alex hotseat for a third time, following the sacking of Gudjon Thordarson on Friday.

"I feel that I'm a better manager now than I've ever been because of that experience," he told BBC Radio Stoke.

"I'm still fit and energetic and I couldn't resist the temptation to come back. I've made the right decision."

He added: "There will be quite a lot of fans that aren't happy about me coming back and others that will be.

"It's up to me to show them that I am going to be able to improve the players, and I'm sure that I can."

Gradi's return could not signal an immediate reversal in fortunes as Crewe were beaten 3-2 at home by Rotherham on Saturday, their fifth league defeat in a row.

Thordarson paid the price for a run of just four wins in 22 matches, as well as relegation to League Two in May.

The Icelander's direct approach was criticised by some observers, and Gradi, who has been working with the club's academy since stepping down as full-time manager in 2007, is hopeful that he can get the team playing a more attractive style of football.

"I was having a great life but there was no point to it," he continued.

"I was trying to coach the kids to play in one way, and I never knew whether what I said to them was ever going to come true.

"Gudjon was quite entitled to do it as he saw fit and I've no complaints about that, but it did mean that my job became short-term and not long-term because the kids weren't going to get in the team.

"The reason that kids sign here is because when we say we want to sign them, they know they have a good chance of making it into the first team."

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