Steve Davis: Future is here at Crewe Alex

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CREWE boss Steve Davis insists he was never set to jump ship for Championship Burnley as negotiations over a new contract remain on-going.

The 47-year-old is believed to have been right in the frame to replace Eddie Howe before the Clarets eventually appointed former Watford manager Sean Dyche.

After transforming the Alex from potential relegation candidates into League Two play-offs winners inside a matter of months, it was no surprise to see him linked with a former club.

But with Davis only on a three-month rolling deal, Crewe could have been stung in compensation stakes.

Instead he reiterated his desire to stay in south Cheshire and mastermind further success.

“Burnley approached the club, who gave them permission to speak to me and I met them,” explained Davis.

“It was basically to get some experience; I’ve never had an interview.

“Sitting down with three guys and going through the process, it was good.

“It doesn’t mean to say I was ever going to leave, that would have been a decision which would have come later if it arose.

“But I have always said I’d stay here until I got the club as far as I could and that’s what I intend to do.

“I have no intentions on going back on my word, I want to want to keep pushing the club forward. But I’m a realist.

“I don’t think I could jump into a Premier League or Championship club at the moment as I’ve only being doing the job a year.

“I need time to learn to manage at this level on a low budget and manage players.

“I know I have the backing of the board.

“There are just a few things that haven’t been sorted out and the quicker, the better because I’m happy here.”

Chuks Aneke has handed Crewe another boost after agreeing to extend his loan stay for another month.

The 19-year-old has played a key role recently, aiding last Saturday’s stunning fight back from two goals down to beat Colchester 3-2.

Back-to-back wins have lifted the Alex to 13th in League One ahead of this weekend’s trip to old foes Shrewsbury.

Davis says their recent 2-1 JPT win will count for nothing.

“That was a cup game but there is more at stake,” he added.

“The pressure is cranked up for a derby both teams want to win.

“It will be tough but we want to continue our good run.”

Crewe travel to promotion-favourites Sheffield United on Tuesday.

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