Former Salford City gaffer Graham Alexander has spoken for the first time since he and Chris Lucketti, former first team coach, were sacked on Monday, releasing a heartfelt and quite lengthy statement addressing the club and its fans.
Published this morning, Alexander took the time to thank everyone involved with the Ammies: “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.”
Alexander then went on to talk about the success he and the club had achieved together since his arrival in May 2018, achieving back-to-back promotions with the Ammies in his first two seasons, before guiding Salford to the EFL Trophy Final in the club’s maiden season in the Football League.
Alexander was sacked following the 2-2 draw with Tranmere Rovers last Saturday, a game that was thrown away by the Ammies after conceding two goals in the final five minutes.
Despite that result, Salford remain unbeaten in SkyBet League Two after five games and occupy 4th in the standings, three points off top-of-the-table Morecambe and just one short of an automatic promotion spot.
Manchester United legend and Salford City co-owner Paul Scholes has stepped into Alexander’s role as interim manager, with former Wigan Athletic gaffer Warren Joyce the favourite to take the position permanently.
Graham Alexander’s full statement can be found here.