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Baker leaves Crewe Alex

Neil Baker has left Crewe Alexandra after 23 season at the football club.

After serving the club in a number of roles, he is leaving to return to management at his local club Leek Town.

He famously led the non-league side to the final of the FA Trophy in 1990, but the Moorlanders were beaten 3-0 by Barrow at Wembley Stadium. 

Baker left to join Crewe, and became manager Dario Gradi’s right hand man in 1994.

He was part of the management team that saw the club win promotion twice to the Championship in 1997 and 2003.

Bakes as he's affectionately known also assisted Steve Davis when the club won the League Two play-off final in 2012 and the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy 12 months’ later.

He also served Steve Holland and Gudjon Thordarson in their spells as managers.

In his later years, Baker used his eye for spotting talented players, and became head of recruitment. Over the years, he has famously scouted the likes of Luke Varney, Steve Jones, Tom Pope, Colin Little, John Brayford and Justin Cochrane from the non-league scene.

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