Barry Bennell has been convicted five times and is serving a 34-year prison term
Crewe wants “to get in touch with survivors” to learn from the “very painful lessons” of the soccer abuse scandal, said incumbent chairman Charles Grant.
Crewe’s response to the Sheldon report was criticized by survivors, and your Chairman has since resigned.
“We learned some very, very painful lessons,” Grant told BBC Radio Stoke.
“We have already started dealing with survivors since Sheldon wrote his report, and I hope we will do so much more in the future.”
“It’s not to the club’s advantage, I have to say. I think it’s important for the survivors.
“I want to learn from the perspective of the football club what we can do with groups of survivors, with individuals, to try to make amends in a small part.”
Bennell serves one 34 years in prison for boy abuse between 1979 and 1991 in Crewe and Manchester City.
Survivors shared their experiences in the BBC documentary Football’s darkest secretwhich aired early last week.
The club he apologized and stressed it was unaware of the abuse until Bennell received a 1994 conviction.
But survivors criticized the apology. Chris Unsworth – a former Manchester City youth player who was molested by Bennell when he was nine – called it “a kick in the teeth”.
John Bowler, chairman of Crewe since 1980, resigned last week, but the move was again criticized for not arriving earlier.
Grant said he believed it was a mistake that the club didn’t apologize earlier.
“If you are a father or a grandfather like me, all you can do is be appalled by what happened and try to help in every possible way.”