Dario Gradi, the manager of Crewe, has said that he is “honoured” to have been awarded Football League Awards’ Contribution to League Football award.
He has spent almost 28 years at Gresty Road after joining in 1983 as the first-team manager. The 69 year old gave up his managing position in 2007 and became the club’s technical director.
Gradi has now returned to the helm and is manager of the first team again. During his time at the club, he has set up the Crewe youth academy and overseen the rise of successful players including David Platt, Danny Murphy, and Dean Ashton.
Gradi said: “It was a surprise to get this award and I certainly didn’t expect it, but it’s lovely to get such an honour. It has been great to develop the academy at Crewe. I’m a coach, I enjoy the challenge of working with footballers and then seeing the finished product. It’s called the ‘lifetime’ award, well it has been a strange night, but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it.”