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In focus: Graham Alexander

The career of MK Dons' new Head Coach Graham Alexander...

27 May 2023

Club News

In focus: Graham Alexander

The career of MK Dons' new Head Coach Graham Alexander...

27 May 2023

mkdons.com takes a look at the career of new Head Coach, Graham Alexander...

Born in Coventry, Alexander, began his football career with Scunthorpe United, making his EFL debut in April 1991. He made close to 200 appearances for the Iron, before joining then-First Division side Luton Town, with whom he played 180 games during a four-year spell in Bedfordshire.

The right-back moved to Preston North End in 1998 and went on to spend the next 10 years at Deepdale, totalling 400 appearances for the Lilywhites. He won promotion from the Second Division with North End and was also named in the PFA Team of the Year four times.

Alexander signed for then-Championship outfit Burnley in 2007 and in his second season at Turf Moor, helped the Lancashire outfit achieve promotion to the Premier League. He spent two further campaigns with the Clarets, before returning to Preston for the 2012/13 campaign.

Finishing his playing career with over 1,000 appearances to his name, Alexander also entrenched himself in third place on the list of footballers in England by number of league appearances with 833 while, on an international level, he earned 40 international caps for Scotland, whom he qualified for through his father.

Alexander got his first taste of management with Preston North End during the 2012/13 season, following the departure of Phil Brown. Along with David Unsworth, he took caretaker charge of five games, the first of which against MK Dons, and lost only once.

Appointed Preston’s Head of Youth Development following his retirement, Alexander was soon recruited by Fleetwood Town to be their manager. Following his appointment in December 2012, he spent close to three years on the Fylde coast, leading the Cod Army to promotion from League Two in 2014.

Alexander left Fleetwood in September 2016 and, later that campaign, returned to management as boss of Scunthorpe United. He guided the Iron to the League One Play-Offs in his first full season in charge but left the role in March 2018, finishing with a win percentage of 47% and with his team fifth in the table.

Two months later, Alexander was named the manager of National League outfit Salford City and, in the 2018/19 campaign, his Ammies team won promotion to the EFL via the play-offs. The following season, Alexander’s side established themselves in League Two and also reached the EFL Trophy Final.

Alexander parted company with Salford in October 2020, despite the Greater Manchester club sitting within the League Two play-off places and with Alexander boasting an impressive win percentage of 48% across 112 games.

He was soon approached by Motherwell, who made him their Head Coach in the following January. Alexander guided the Well from joint-bottom of the SPL upon his arrival, to a fifth-place finish in the 2021/22 campaign, ensuring qualification for the Europa Conference League. However, he would depart Fir Park in July 2022.


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