Swann: Time was right to sack Alexander


Scunthorpe United chairman Peter Swann has defended his decision to sack Graham Alexander, saying he could not see where the next win was coming from following the 1-1 draw with Rochdale at Glanford Park.

The Iron have won just one game since New Years Day, but are still in the play off and Swann admitted he felt the time was right to give the club the best chance of promotion.

“I was struggling to see where our next win was”, Swann told BBC Radio Humberside.

“It’s been a poor run. Performances have been sort of up and down. We’ve had no consistency.

“It is difficult but I think with the seven games we’ve got left, we’ve somehow managed to stay in the play offs as a lot of the others have failed and it’s given us a bit of a second chance.

“I thought it was the right time.

“Any time you do this, you have to feel it was the right time and it was only really Saturday that I felt that the change was needed.

Swann also took the opportunity to hit back at critics online who had suggested that a poor January transfer window contributed to Alexanders downfall.

“We’ve done as much as we can to support him and he’s had every opportunity to bring everybody he wanted in and it’s just not worked.

“It was a great two years, we got on really well but I’m hoping the change will spark us a little bit now.

Neil McDonald, who joined the club as Alexander’s assistant in January was also sacked following Saturday’s game, meaning Nick Daws and Andy Dawson will take charge of the team for the televised Oxford clash this Friday.

“I think Macca is a bit unlucky”, Swann explained

“I think the same happened when I had to let Russ go. (With John Schofield) I think that’s part of the game. If you are going to change it, you change it completely.

“By leaving Nick in, who had a good record here as an interim manager, and bringing Andy back into the fold gives us something a bit different.

Swann admitted the club have not spoken to potential new managers but did say he would be interested in talking to Steve Cotterill and Steve McClaren if the opportunity arose and would be keen on a short term appointment.

“We are not interviewing. We have not done anything on that side and we don’t intend to. If the right person is there and comes up, then we will go after them. But at this moment in time we are not interviewing.”

“I think at this time, somebody short term to take us into the summer to have a bit of a go would be ideal. If not ,I’ve got Nick and Andy and I’m very confident they can do a great job.

“You look at the whole list and for Scunthorpe to be in the running for those sorts of managers shows how far we have gone in five seasons.

“It is difficult when you lose somebody you are close to. Graham was a very good manager and a very nice person. We’ve done this with a lot of respect and yes we are going to miss him but we have to move on and the football club comes first.

“We are still there in with a chance. We are going to work as hard as we can to win the next match and use that as the platform.”

The full interview can be heard below:

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Written by Will Montag

Will Montag is an English Literature graduate of Manchester Metropolitan University. He is an avid reader of fiction, and a lifelong Iron fan. Will enjoys various outdoor pursuits in his spare time.

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