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Graham Alexander Reflects on Life at Motherwell As Club Search For New Manager



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Graham Alexander has looked back on his time at Motherwell as the club searches for a new manager. Despite achieving survival last season and qualifying for Europe, the former Scotland international faced an uphill battle.

Following their shocking loss to Sligo Rovers, Alexander and assistant Chris Lucketti had no choice but to accept that their ambitions had fallen far short of reality. So where did it all go wrong?

What went wrong?

Steven Hammell was dismissed after just six months in charge, following a 3-1 Scottish Cup defeat to Raith Rovers and an underwhelming Scottish Premiership campaign. Hammell had taken over from Graham Alexander on the eve of the season, with the 41-year-old bringing in nine new players to replace those that left during the summer.

Motherwell are currently second from the bottom of the league table, having started the new campaign with three wins from four matches in a row. If things continue to go their way, Motherwell could well end this season with something to celebrate – however, a dramatic improvement in form must take place before any board members consider appointing a permanent manager.

The hunt for a new manager has begun. There are several candidates, such as Ian Holloway, Grant McCann and Stuart Kettlewell; but who will be the man to save Motherwell from financial ruin?

Did you feel the players were undervalued?

Motherwell’s relegation hopes were all but dashed with a 1-0 victory over St Mirren at Fir Park, despite an inconsistent start under Graham Alexander that saw them lose their opening game of the season by one goal to Sligo Rovers in European qualifiers.

That 2-0 defeat to the Irish League side in Ireland only compounded Alexander and assistant Chris Lucketti’s already daunting task. However, the Fir Park board were clear that they wanted a change.

Hammell has been handed the captaincy of Southampton for the opening three games of this Premiership campaign and with 11 points still up for grabs, Hammell can give the board some hope that their relegation worries can be put to rest.

Though this situation may appear dire for the club, it’s not the first time they’ve had to reshuffle their managerial staff. This situation has become commonplace since Mark McGhee took over in 2015.

Did you feel the board did the right thing?

Scotland international Alex Alexander took time out of his busy schedule to reflect on life at Fir Park as the club search for a new manager. Sacked by Steven Hammell 48 hours before the start of their league campaign, Alexander had become an iconic figure at Fir Park.

His tenure began with a dismal start to the season, as Motherwell suffered through consecutive winsless league matches that left them 18th place and facing an uphill relegation battle. Despite two impressive wins over Hearts and Ross County, Alexander could not keep his side in the top six – meaning they missed out on participation in the Europa Conference League.

But a hard-fought victory at St Mirren has all but secured their survival. It also means they are out of the bottom three for the first time this season, an outcome which seemed impossible eight months ago yalla shoot.