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.

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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.

“Even though this season has just ended, our work in preparation for the club’s first season at National level will continue throughout the summer. I look forward to meeting everybody connected with SCFC and developing the relationships which are so important to any club’s success.”

Gary Neville told the Ammies website:

“After what happened last week we had to react quickly. Sporting director, Chris Casper, led the process and when he made the club aware of the opportunity to secure someone of Graham’s experience and credibility we moved decisively.

“We have acquired the highest quality of manager in Graham to continue the great work that has been done over the last four seasons. We have had stability at this club and we now look forward to a new chapter with Graham, who has accepted a four year deal at SCFC.”

Sporting Director, Chris Casper, added;

“When we met with him, we were impressed with his values, his passion and his drive. His wealth of experience will certainly benefit SCFC as we look to take on the challenge of playing in the National League.

“Graham will be joined by Chris Lucketti and we are delighted to have someone of his credibility joining the team also. This appointment is exciting and we can not wait until the start of the new season.”

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