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Crewe's Steve Davis may take active role, says Neil Cox

Former Crewe Alexandra captain Neil Cox
Cox spent the final two years of his playing career at Crewe Alexandra

Former Crewe captain Neil Cox believes assistant manager Steve Davis will have taken on a more active role at Gresty Road by the end of next season.

Dario Gradi, who returned as manager in October 2009, turns 70 in July.

"It all depends how they start the season," Cox, 39, told BBC Radio Stoke. "Steve Davis has done a good job for Dario in the background.

"I honestly think Dario might give it a few months, see how it goes and maybe pass it on a little bit."

The Alex finished 10th in League Two last season, three points away from a play-off place, having been in the automatic promotion positions at the start of February.

"I thought up until Christmas, they had a great season," said Cox, who made 64 appearances for Crewe between 2006 and 2008 and played under Gradi in the first of his two seasons at the club.

"I went to watch them a few times and I thought they would bring one or two players in at Christmas, but it never worked out that way.

"Yet again after the turn of the year, they seemed to concede goal after goal away from home, which has happened year after year.

"They need to sure the defence up, but the way Dario plays, he wants to play open, entertaining football and they're never going to defend properly."

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