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ALEXANDER SCOOPS APRIL MANAGER OF THE MONTH AWARD

6 May 2016

Iron manager Graham Alexander has been named as Sky Bet League One’s Manager of the Month for April.

In his first full month in charge, following his arrival in mid-March, Alexander saw United win five out of six games, with a 1-0 defeat at play-off contenders Bradford City the only blemish in an otherwise perfect month.

He fended off competition from Gary Caldwell, the manager of league leaders Wigan Athletic, John Sheridan of Oldham Athletic and Bradford City’s Phil Parkinson to scoop the honour.

On their official website, the Football League said: “After a narrow defeat to begin the month, victory over second-place Burton Albion was the first of five successive wins which lifted Scunthorpe to the fringe of the play-off places and underlined Alexander’s impact since arriving at Glanford Park.”

Speaking about the accolade, the Scunthorpe boss said: “We were 13th when I came in and part of the reason for me coming in was to try and win as many games as I could, but to assess what was needed to improve over the summer going into the new season.

“We were ten points off the play-offs after our defeat at Bradford and we just set a target for the players to win as many games as possible and to show people, although we were perceived to have nothing to play for, that we still cared about winning.

“The momentum came from that and we’ve given ourselves an outside chance going into the final day of the season.”

The judging panel comprised of former Ipswich Town manager George Burley, Sky Sports’ Football League expert Don Goodman; Football League Chief Operating Officer Andy Williamson; League Managers’ Association Director Olaf Dixon and Sky Bet Football Trading Manager Paul Lowery.

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