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Graham Alexander, who lost his job with Scunthorpe United recently, is back in football as the new manager of Salford City who have just been promoted to the National League.

Three promotions in four years didn’t save the managerial duo of Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley. They were fired last week with Alexander now coming in with his trusted number two Chris Lucketti who worked with him at both Fleetwood and Scunthorpe.

1011 burnley graham alexander 00 300x400Gary Neville said: “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”

Casper, son of former Burnley player Frank 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 cannot wait until the start of the new season”

Alexander said: “During my first meeting with Chris and then later with Gary 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.”

Grezza joined Burnley in August 2007, the last Steve Cotterill signing at Turf Moor. He was with us for four years before having his contract terminated in the summer of 2011 which saw him return to Preston for a short time before moving into management.

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