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League One: Scunthorpe appoint former player and Fleetwood manager Graham Alexander

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League One side Scunthorpe United have appointed former Fleetwood manager Graham Alexander as their new manager.

Alexander replaces Mark Robins as permanent manager following the latter's sacking in January.

The 44-year-old signs a three-and-a-half year contract and will take charge for the first time at Barnsley on Good Friday, with the club currently 13th in League One, and six points below the play-off places.

He will be assisted by Nick Daws (assistant manager) and Andy Dawson (first team coach), who were placed in temporary charge whilst a new manager was found.

The appointment sees Alexander return to Glanford Park, where he began his playing career. He made his debut in April 1991 after coming through the youth ranks. He made 159 league appearances for United, scoring 18 goals. 

He went on to play over 1,000 senior appearances at Luton Town and two spells at Preston North End either side of a stint at Burnley, where he played his only season in the Premier League. He also made 40 international appearances for Scotland.

He retired at Preston and took a coaching role there before he began his managerial career with Fleetwood Town in December 2012, where he spent almost three years, and guided them to promotion via the League Two play-offs in May 2014. 

Speaking to Scunthorpe's official website, Alexander said: “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’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. 

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

Iron chairman Peter Swann added: “Over the last couple of weeks we’ve felt it quite important that, if we were to have a manager in place, now would be a good time. 

“It made a lot of sense. We have nine games remaining this season and we’ll do whatever can be done within that, but it will give him a chance to get organised for the summer, target any new players and plan what we need to do for pre-season training. 

“I’ve been out there and interviewed a few people and felt Graham was one of the best candidates for the job. I’m looking forward to Graham starting work, which begins with the game at Barnsley on Good Friday."

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