Crewe Alexandra have added former Wembley hero David Artell to their academy coaching ranks.
The former captain has joined the South Cheshire outfit as the club’s new Elite Player Performance Academy Operations Manager.
He replaces Michael Jolley who has moved on to take up a role with newly promoted Burnley, working with their under 21’s.
Artell left the Railwaymen in 2012 after captaining the side to League One promotion in 2012.
He joined local rivals Port Vale but left after only a month with the financially troubled Staffordshire side to sign for Northampton Town.
At 33, the Rotherham born central defender started his career with the Millers in 1998 and he has since represented Shrewsbury Town, Mansfield, Chester and Morecambe.
He spent last season with Conference side Wrexham and he has also played four times for Gibraltar, making his debut in a 4-1 defeat to the Faroe Islands.
Artell will help with the prestigious Crewe Alexandra academy, which is famous for producing some big names in British football.
Former England captain David Platt progressed through the youth setup with Crewe, as well as Danny Murphy, Robbie Savage, Dean Ashton and Ashley Westwood.
Crewe enjoyed relative success in the youth groups last season with the Under 21 side winning the League Two and the Under 18 side lost out in their final for top spot.
This season, Steve Davis has already added six academy prospects to his senior squad with Callum Saunders, Perry Ng, Fraser Murdoch, Callum Pritchard-Ellis, George Cooper and James Baillie have all penning their first deals with the club.