26 Mar 2018
GRAHAM ALEXANDER STATEMENT
"I would like to start by saying what a great time I've had, back at the club where my career started 30 years ago. To return and manage Scunthorpe United made me and my family extremely proud and I was determined to repay the faith shown in me by Peter Swann and the board. He and his family have treated us very well during this time and I thank them very much for that.
"When I arrived, my remit was to turn around the fortunes of a team who were in the bottom half of League 1 for 18 months and aim to compete at the top end and challenge for promotion to the Championship. I came in with nine games to go, winning seven and lifting the club from 13th to 7th, within goal difference of a play-off spot. Next, in my only full season we finished third in League 1, after having the second best season in Glanford Park's history, in terms of wins, points and goals scored. Going unbeaten at home for a full calendar year was a particular highlight. This season has been as challenging as any but the club remain in 5th position, pushing for possible promotion.
"Unfortunately, the last two months have been difficult and my time at the club has come to an end. However, I won't let the feeling of disappointment in this period overshadow the rest of my two years in charge. I've had wonderful support from many people during my tenure, and I'm eternally grateful to all those who have shown great loyalty to me and the team. Coming in to work every day to be surrounded by like minded positive people was a joy and I will miss everyone who were at first colleagues, but are now friends.
"Scunthorpe is a small, down to earth and hard working town. I wanted to create a team that mirrored those values and competed with the best and the biggest in this division. I believe we have succeeded in that. The players have been brilliant to work with since day one and the staff have been first class in their various roles. I thank every single one of them for their efforts, plus their messages of support and gratitude since Saturday.
"I'd also like to thank the fans who backed me and the team through all the ups and downs of professional football. I hope that my period here will be looked at fondly and I leave the club with a real chance of success. Its been a pleasure and a privilege to represent Scunthorpe United for nine years of my life and I wish you all the very best for the future."