Graham Alexander appointed new Motherwell manager

Former Scotland international will take over the reins at Fir Park following the resignation of Stephen Robinson.

Graham Alexander appointed new Motherwell manager SNS Group

Former Scotland international Graham Alexander has been appointed Motherwell’s new manager.

Alexander has won the race to succeed Stephen Robinson and will take charge of the Lanarkshire side for the first time this weekend when they face St Mirren in the Scottish Premiership.

Robinson stepped down last week with Motherwell having not registered a win since Halloween.

The club are lingering in 10th place in the Premiership, just two points ahead of Hamilton at the foot of the table.

Keith Lasley took interim charge of the first team for the trip to Hamilton Academical on Saturday – a match Motherwell lost 0-3.

Lasley had been expected to get several games to stake his claim but Alexander has emerged as the preferred candidate following a round of interviews.

Former St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright and ex-Sunderland manager Simon Grayson are also believed to have been interviewed for the role.

Alexander was sacked by Salford after five games of this season despite being unbeaten in League Two.

The 49-year-old former Preston and Burnley player previously guided them to promotion into the English Football League.

He was previously manager of Fleetwood, achieving promotion to League One, and Scunthorpe, who he guided to the League One play-offs.