Sheridan rallies the troops

Last updated : 20 April 2007 By The Chairman
The Latics travel to Gresty Road, Crewe tomorrow needing to turn around their recent slump. If Athletic are to be involved with the end of season play offs, they need three points as Carlisle are closing in fast and are currently just one point behind with three games to go. Swansea are another team waiting for the Latics to make one more slip which could end the season for the Boundary Park team.

Manager John Sheridan has called for a rallying of the troops and told the official site, "Maybe we were in a bit of a comfort zone. Now this is the first time people are saying we're not going to make the play-offs, so now we've got to go out and prove those people wrong. We really need to win two or three matches to make sure, but it's important to remember that we're still inside the play-offs now. The players need to get that into their heads, go out there and be confident. I was very disappointed with the way we played against Cheltenham. We deserved nothing from the game. That's gone now though, and as I keep saying it's important we stick together and go into the Crewe game confident we can claim the three points we need. I want the players, staff and supporters to all believe we can do it."

Crewe are a funny team. You can never predict how they're going to perform, but one thing you can guarantee is that they will try to play decent football. They play the right way under Dario Gradi, and despite some big home defeats they're capable of beating anyone on their day. Let's just hope they have a bad day and we have a good one."

It is expected that Crewe will later today announce the retirement of long time servant Dario Gradi (pictured) who is expected to take a Director of Football role at Gresty Road. 65 year old Gradi became manager of Crewe Alexandra back in June 1983.