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15 Oct 2020

GRAHAM ALEXANDER STATEMENT

“In the days since Chris Lucketti and I left Salford City, I have had the chance to reflect on our time at the club and I would like to begin by thanking a few people.

“First of all, the owners for giving me the opportunity to lead the club into historic new territory and be a part of the unique story of the Ammies. The long standing committee, support staff and media team for your genuine affection and support for us and our families since we came to your club. The fans that we’ve got to know so well, for your continued backing through all the challenges we faced. I hope we gave you some great times to remember.

“Thanks also to the staff. Your dedication, loyalty and camaraderie was a great source of energy for me and I had a great time with you all, both on and off the pitch. Finally, thank you to the players that we had the privilege to work with. You were some of the best professionals a manager could ever work with. It was a joy to be with you day in, day out and it fills me with such pride to think of the many special moments we created together.

“In our one full season, we became the only team to be promoted at the first attempt into the Football League with a record win for a final on that momentous day at Wembley, a day I will never forget. Then, establishing ourselves in the EFL for the first ever time before the season was curtailed, while also having another day at Wembley to look forward to after reaching the Leasing.com Trophy Final.

“Since Mid-January, we made changes to the squad to improve our chances of another promotion. Since then, the 15 games we’ve played in League 2 have seen us win the second most points, with the second best defence, have the least defeats, whilst also being the highest scorers. In our last nine league games, five wins and three draws gave us an average of two points per game, which we know gives you a title winning total over a season. It has been a great effort from the everyone at the club.

“I am disappointed we have left after only five league games this season, without having the chance to continue that form with a squad that’s still in its infancy as a group. But we move on, satisfied that we’ve left the club with a brilliant set of players and staff that will go onto achieve the success that everyone craves, and I am sure that the 10 under-21 players we gave senior debuts to this season will be a source of quality in the future.

“Lastly, a heartfelt thank you for all the messages of gratitude and support, they mean everything to me. Take care and good luck.”

Graham.