FORMER Scotland defender Graham Alexander has been appointed Motherwell’s new manager.
The 49-year-old ex-Fleetwood, Scunthorpe and Salford City boss has won the race to succeed Stephen Robinson, who quit on Hogmanay, as Scotzine reported.
Alexander, capped 40 times, will take charge of the team for tomorrow afternoon’s Premiership encounter against St Mirren in Paisley.
Assistant Keith Lasley took over in an interim basis, but a 3-0 loss against Hamilton Accies accelerated the search for a long-term replacement and Alexander got the nod although former St Johnstone gaffer Tommy Wright had also been linked with the post.
Lasley will stay on as part of the coaching staff, while the ex-international defender will also be joined by his regular No.2 Chris Lucketti.
Alexander, speaking to Sky Sports News, 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. It is 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 at. But this is out of my comfort zone. I’m someone who is up for a challenge and I will get that here.
“The obvious first objective is to win on Saturday. This is a team which is underperforming, but there is talent there. 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 chances. The board have made clear what they see as success for Motherwell and I want to exceed those expectations.
“If you work hard enough, you can achieve whatever you want. But the work has to go in. And that not only comes from me, it comes from the whole group. My role as a manager is to get that working straight away.”
Despite being unbeaten in five League Two games, Alexander, who also played for Preston and Burnley, was sacked by Salford on October 12 and replaced by Manchester United legend Paul Scholes.