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Graham Alexander




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Scunthorpe United appointed Graham Alexander as first team manager in March 2016.

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

Similarly successful spells at Luton Town, Preston North End and Burnley followed for the full-back/midfielder, while Alexander also picked up 40 caps playing internationally for Scotland. In April 2011, Alexander made his 1,000th senior appearance for club and country. Only fellow ex-Iron Tony Ford has matched this feat as an outfield player. 

During his first spell at North End, the Scot racked up exactly 400 appearances for the club, which included a spot in the 2004/2005 PFA Championship team of the year. 

He then made the move to join local rivals Burnley in 2007, where he won promotion to the Premier League in 2009. During that promotion season, Alexander played in all 61 of the Clarets’ matches, culminating in a play-off final victory over Sheffield United at Wembley. The following season, the defender would go on to make his top flight debut in an away fixture with Stoke City. 

After leaving Burnley in 2011, the Scot returned to Preston and in the process, scored with his last ever free-kick, levelling things up late on against Charlton Athletic, in his final game for the club. 

After a spell coaching at Preston, 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 - establishing a reputation as one of the brightest young managers in the game.