Motherwell FC announced last night that Graham Alexander has officially become Stephen Robinson’s successor.
Alexander has eight years in managerial experience, has been a Scotland internationalist and was team captain for Preston North End and Burnley. He gained his managerial experience at Fleetwood town, Scunthorpe United and Salford City.
However, he hasn’t come alone as he has his long-term assistant Chris Lucketti joining him who will work alongside Motherwell veteran Keith Lasley.
Some of Alexander’s achievements include: a 24-year career run which seen him make 863 league appearances making him fourth in terms of most games played overall by a player in England, he led Fleetwood Town from League Two into the play offs and led Scunthorpe United into the League One play offs where they were defeated by Millwall.
Motherwell chairman, Jim McMahon said: “We are delighted to have chosen Graham to be our next manager.
“The calibre of candidates for the role was high, as were the qualities shown by those we interviewed.
“Graham has demonstrated to us he is the man to take us forward. He fits the profile of what we expect a Motherwell manager to be.
“He is dynamic. He is hungry. He will lead from the front and shares in our belief of developing talent. He also has a track record of success, leading clubs to promotions and cup finals.”
Chief Executive, Alan Burrows took to Twitter this morning to congratulate Alexander. He said: “[I am]Really delighted to welcome Graham to the club after what was as thorough a process as possible given the current restrictions. The level of candidate was excellent & I would like to thank everyone who both applied & interviewed. We felt Graham was the right man for the job & we will all get behind & support him as we look towards this new era. I also want to say a sincere thanks to the departed Stephen Robinson, who from the moment he stepped through the door to the day he left, was an outstanding Motherwell manager and a man of class”.
When asked what his plans were for the team Alexander said: “The obvious first objective is to win on Saturday. This is a team which is underperforming but there is talent there. We are in a month where we can also make additions, but there is no way I see this current group should be where they are.
“I believe in producing young talent and I’ve always given chances. The board have made clear what they see as success for Motherwell, and I want to exceed those expectations.
“I’ve seen if you work hard enough, you can achieve whatever you want. But the work has to go in. And that not only comes from me, it comes from the whole group. My role as a manager is to get that working straight away.”