Graham Alexander Is New Manager of Motherwell Football Club
Graham Alexander has been appointed the twenty-fifth manager of Motherwell Football Club after succeeding Stephen Robinson. The former Scotland International and captain of both Preston North End and Burnley, arrives with 363 games of managerial experience at Fleetwood Town, Scunthorpe United and Salford City.
He will be joined by his long-term assistant Chris Lucketti, himself a former captain of Huddersfield Town who made over 600 career appearances, who will work alongside current assistant Keith Lasley. Speaking about being named Motherwell manager Graham Alexander said, “I am delighted to have been handed this role at a great club, people will get to understand the hard work I put in, along with my staff and players. I have always brought that to every club, as a player and a manager. It’s something different and something I am really excited about, I have been a manager now for seven to eight years and had success with the three clubs I’ve been involved with. But this is out of my comfort zone. I’m someone who is up for a challenge and I will get that here.
I spoke to Stephen Robinson, as we played together at Preston North End and he said nothing but good things. That together with what I heard from the board meant it was a challenge I wanted to take on. The obvious first objective is to win on Saturday, this is a team which is underperforming but there is talent at the club. 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 the young players a chance. The board have made clear what they see as success for Motherwell and I want to exceed those expectations. My role is a manager is to get the whole club working together and pulling in the same direction and that work starts straight away.”
Graham Alexandra is one of only a few players to make over 1,000 appearances for four clubs, he started his playing career with Scunthorpe United, before moving onto Luton Town, Preston North End and Burnley, before returning to Deepdale to end his career back at Preston North End. The 863 league appearances he made across a twenty-four year career ranks him fourth in the all-time list of football league games played. Although born in England, his international commitment was to Scotland through his father. His call would come in 2002 in a friendly against Nigeria at the age of thirty, which kicked off a Scotland career which would bring forty full International caps.
After a brief spell as caretaker manager at Preston North End in the 2011/12 season, his first permanent managerial appointment would come at Fleetwood Town in December 2012. A near-three year spell saw him lead the club from Sky Bet League Two through the play-offs .A return to his first club Scunthorpe United would follow in March 2016, spending two years at Glanford Park and leading them to the Sky Bet League One Play-Off Final, where they would lose to Millwall. The call from ambitious National League side Salford City came in May 2018, winning promotion to the Football League through the play-offs. The curtailment of the 2019/20 campaign due to the Covid-19 outbreak would end back-to-back promotion hopes and also halt an appearance in the final of the English Football League Trophy.
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. But Graham has demonstated 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 and 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.”