Tuesday, 22 March 2016

United appoint Graham Alexander as their new first team manager

Graham Alexander is our new manager
Former-Iron defender Graham Alexander has been just announced as the club's new first team manager in what has come as quite a shock to everyone, to be honest.

Alexander signs a three-and-a-half-year deal with United, and will be assisted by Nick Daws, with Andy Dawson continuing his role as coach. His first match in charge will be Good Friday's trip to Barnsley.

Alexander's last managerial appointment was with Fleetwood Town, where he took the club up and out of League Two for the first time in their history. But after a poor start to this season he found himself sacked by the Cod Army.

Our new gaffer spoke after signing his deal this afternoon:

“Just coming up the motorway there, the butterflies started coming as soon as I could see the floodlights coming into view. I realised it was 28 years since I made that first drive as a 16-year-old and I feel as excited as I did then. It’s fantastic to be back.

“I heard about the new stadium, which is in the pipeline, and I remember coming here to Glanford Park when it was brand new. It’s amazing; not just for the infrastructure of the club, but also where the team wants to go.

“I’m an ambitious guy, I want to win things. The guys in charge at the club are exactly the same and I’m sure we’ll do great things here.

“There are a lot of good players in this squad without a doubt. For whatever reason it hasn’t fulfilled its potential this season, but that’s my remit – to come and assess, and try to improve it.

“Any manager when he comes into a new club has to look at where he needs to put his stamp on things, and get the players to enjoy their football and play as well as they can.

“It’s been a whirlwind last couple of days. When any manager gets a new job they just want to get on the training pitch and be with the players. I’m really looking forward to meeting them on Wednesday, and the staff too ahead of that.

“We’re all in the same boat, we all want Scunthorpe to do well.”

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