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Motherwell appoint much loved new manager

Motherwell have chosen to appoint a much loved new manager in Graham Alexander, replacing Stephen Robinson who resigned on New Year’s Eve.

Alexander’s appointment is expected to be confirmed later by the club and he should be unveiled at a media conference on Friday.

Keith Lasley, who has been in interim charge since Robinson’s departure and who applied for the managerial vacancy, will remain at the club and on the coaching staff.

It was back in October 2020 that the Class of 92’s Salford City sacked Alexander before appointing Swindon’s manager Richie Wellens.

He guided them to promotion from the National League, an 11th place finish in the League Two table (based on PPG), then had an unbeaten start to the 2020/21 League Two season, before being harshly axed.

Ever since losing his job, he’s been linked with almost every job going in the EFL and has been wanted by fans of various clubs.


Preston North End (caretaker) – 14 Dec 2011 until 16 Jan 2012 – 5 G, 2 W, 2 D, 1 L – 40.0 win %
Fleetwood Town – 6 Dec 2012 until 30 Sep 2015 – 145 G, 56 W, 35 D, 54 L – 38.6 win %
Scunthorpe United – 22 Mar 2016 until 24 Mar 2018 – 113 G, 53 W, 30 D, 30 L – 46.9 win %
Salford City – 14 May 2018 until 12 Oct 2020 – 112 G, 54 W, 27 D, 31 L – 48.2 win %
Total – 372 G, 160 W, 97 D, 115 L – 43.0 win %

Alexander said after leaving Salford: “In the days since Chris Lucketti and I left Salford City, I have had the chance to reflect on our time at the club and I would like to begin by thanking a few people.

“First of all, the owners for giving me the opportunity to lead the club into historic new territory and be a part of the unique story of the Ammies. The long standing committee, support staff and media team for your genuine affection and support for us and our families since we came to your club.

“The fans that we’ve got to know so well, for your continued backing through all the challenges we faced. I hope we gave you some great times to remember.

“Thanks also to the staff. Your dedication, loyalty and camaraderie was a great source of energy for me and I had a great time with you all, both on and off the pitch. Finally, thank you to the players that we had the privilege to work with.

“You were some of the best professionals a manager could ever work with. It was a joy to be with you day in, day out and it fills me with such pride to think of the many special moments we created together.

“In our one full season, we became the only team to be promoted at the first attempt into the Football League with a record win for a final on that momentous day at Wembley, a day I will never forget.

“Then, establishing ourselves in the EFL for the first ever time before the season was curtailed, while also having another day at Wembley to look forward to after reaching the Leasing.com Trophy Final.

“Since Mid-January, we made changes to the squad to improve our chances of another promotion. Since then, the 15 games we’ve played in League Two have seen us win the second most points, with the second best defence, have the least defeats, whilst also being the highest scorers.

“In our last nine league games, five wins and three draws gave us an average of two points per game, which we know gives you a title winning total over a season. It has been a great effort from the everyone at the club.

“I am disappointed we have left after only five league games this season, without having the chance to continue that form with a squad that’s still in its infancy as a group.

“But we move on, satisfied that we’ve left the club with a brilliant set of players and staff that will go onto achieve the success that everyone craves, and I am sure that the 10 under-21 players we gave senior debuts to this season will be a source of quality in the future.

“Lastly, a heartfelt thank you for all the messages of gratitude and support, they mean everything to me. Take care and good luck.”

Fans reacted as Motherwell appoint a much loved new manager in Graham Alexander…

@corner_martyn: Gets fired by League 2 teams but gets job in Scotland’s highest tier!!!!

@MikeUTST: Same standard of football

@DanSharkey12: A step up from Salford after the shabby way he was treated by @GNev2

@RobJone12912767: Shows how Neville treats people glad we beat the twat the other night

@d_andradesport: He could take a penalty could Graham Alexander

@H_Deaconmedia: Had the pleasure of interviewing Graham once, absolute gentleman, and everyone I know who’s worked with him have had nothing but good words to say about the man.

@Mr_Recruitment1: Very good appointment

@WellMentality: Happy with that. My only hope would be that Lasley continues to be involved behind the scenes.

@jbleasdale81: Very good choice by Motherwell

@bigdaver84: excellent appointment and great bloke too. hopefully a chance to prove @GNev2 should have kept him on

@PhilJBowers: One of the potential candidates for the #PVFC manager’s role looks to be going elsewhere.

@timomouse: If nothing else, they should be pretty well trained on how to take penalties…

@AaronDiskin1: Great appointment, great man

@GraiyM: Might see motherwell actually play football this season…

@Dan240993: Oh f*ck #PVFC

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