Salford City have announced their new manager ahead of their first Vanarama National League season, with former Fleetwood Town and Scunthorpe United boss Graham Alexander the man appointed.

Photo: Salford City FC

The 46-year-old former Preston North End and Burnley defender/midfielder is the Ammies’ replacement for joint-managers Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley, who departed the club last week. Coventry-born Alexander won 40 Scotland caps in a playing career that continued until he was 40.

Last season, he was sacked by Scunthorpe after a poor run of form, though the Iron were still in the League One play-off places at the time. Having also led Fleetwood, this is the first time Alexander will manage outside of the EFL, but he told the club website he is relishing the opportunity:

“During my first meeting with (Sporting Director) Chris (Casper) and then later with (co-owner) Gary (Neville) I was immediately impressed by the scale of the ambition this club and the owners have. It has made rapid progress over the last four years and I am delighted they have asked myself and Chris to spearhead the next stage of the club’s development.

“As a manager you have to look for certain aspects of what can be achieved at a new club and the possibilities here are boundless. There is a great deal of work to be done on and off the pitch to fulfil the potential of Salford City and I can’t wait to get started.

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