By , May 20, 2016 10:43 am

Head coach of relegated English League one outfit, Crewe Alexandra, Steve Davis has told his players they should not go on holiday this summer and should be working hard at the club instead.

Crewe Alex FC were relegated from League One and finished bottom of the table, 16 points adrift of safety, with only seven wins in the 46 league games played.

The 50-year old tactician told BBC Radio Stoke:

“I’ve told the players they shouldn’t be going on holiday.

“They should be in with the management grafting away to improve things.”

Davis, who has been given the backing to carry on at Gresty Road by the club’s board, is adamant the squad must show commitment if they are to mount a serious challenge for promotion next term.

The Coach continued.

“For a lot of them, they should be in for the majority of the time proving themselves physically and mentally in preparation for pre-season.

“Everybody at the club has to do better, including myself,” Davis added.

The Alex have released 11 players including strikers Marcus Haber, forward Lauri Dalla Valle and midfielder David Fox. A contract has been offered to defender Zoumana Bakayogo with negotiations still on-going with top scorer Brad Inman. With 20 players contracted for next season, Davis is staying optimistic their absence from League One will be short.

The coach who is serious about moving up back after just this next season added:

“It’s a hard job – nobody’s kidding anyone.

“We have to stay positive though, there are one or two exciting players and we do need to get the right people coming in.

“One or two more players who are under contract may have to go out to free up some money – that’s something we’ll have to look at.”

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