Crewe Alexandra have announced that they have appointed interim manager Alex Morris and interim assistant manager Lee Bell to permanent roles in the management team.
Morris, 38, came through the club’s academy set-up as a player without making a first-team appearance before retiring from playing and joining the club’s coaching staff. He would become Under-23s manager when David Artell was appointed first-team manager in January 2017 before becoming Artell’s assistant in a coaching restructure last month.
Bell, 39, also came through the club’s academy set-up, making 148 appearances across two spells as a player in a playing career that would also see him play for Shrewsbury Town, Burton Albion, Mansfield Town and Macclesfield Town. He would join the Alex coaching staff at that point, becoming the Under-18s manager when Artell was appointed before becoming the Under-23s last month.
The management team saw a victory at home to AFC Wimbledon on Good Friday before a defeat at Sheffield Wednesday and a home draw against Ipswich Town on Saturday.
What does this mean for the club going forward?
Compared to the last couple of weeks, you’d imagine not a lot. It was always the feeling that Morris and Bell would retain the jobs in a permanent capacity, especially as the job vacancies hadn’t been public, but it had been hinted in the interviews with the players and Charles Grant that it was going to happen.