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Dario Gradi will not take Crewe on pre-season tour

Crewe Alexandra manager Dario Gradi
Crewe boss Dario Gradi took over from Gudjon Thordarson in October

Crewe Alexandra manager Dario Gradi will not take his team on a pre-season tour after claiming the club underachieved in League Two last term.

The Alex finished 18th in their first campaign back in the bottom division of the Football League for 15 years.

Gradi told BBC Radio Stoke: "In the past it was like a reward. But I don't think we want to reward the players for what happened this season.

"Before they have good trips like that, they need to earn them."

Crewe's last pre-season tour came in 2008 when then-manager Steve Holland took his side for a training camp in Bulgaria.

The squad will be expected to report for training twice a week during the summer months before they return to full training at the start of July.

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