Crewe assistant manager Steve Davis has hailed Dario Gradi as the perfect mentor.
Davis took charge of the 8-1 demolition of Cheltenham on Saturday after 69-year-old Gradi was forced to miss the game through illness.
"I have been here two years now and I couldn't ask for anyone better to show me the ropes," Davis told the club`s official website. "Dario lets me do more and more and I just keep learning things every day.
"Working under the master (Gradi) is brilliant for me, I couldn't have asked for a better mentor and every time something like what happened on Saturday crops up its good for me.
"It's the next step, I have a had a taste of it before and I know there is more to learn so its a case of me progressing along."
Davis, 45, formerly Nantwich Town manager, was appointed as the number two at Crewe under previous boss Gudjon Thordarson in 2009.