Graham Alexander linked with Tranmere Rovers and Swindon Town vacancies

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 06 November 2020, 09:44

Instead of twiddling your thumbs at home and plaguing your thoughts with what went wrong and what you could have done differently, sometimes the best response to a sacking is to simply throw yourself into another job.

In the case of Graham Alexander, his stock is currently high despite suffering the sack at Salford City almost a month ago.

We’ll be honest, it was a decision that caught us by surprise considering the journey the club had been on under Alexander, who had led the Ammies into the Football League before overseeing a mid-table finish last term and a run to the EFL Trophy final, while at the time of his exit he was unbeaten in five league games at the start of the current campaign.

But, as the overused cliche goes: ‘that’s football’.

Alexander’s name has already featured in a few next manager markets, including Mansfield, Tranmere and Swindon.

Mansfield now look all set to appoint Nigel Clough, however the other two vacancies are pretty open when it comes to the betting.

Nigel Adkins was previously the red-hot favourite to return to Tranmere, with whom he started his playing career at, but he’s drifted a touch to evens, while Alexander has come in at 2/1 to make a swift return to League Two.

Should he still be based in the Salford area, the location of Tranmere - only an hour away - would suit him. The club have endured a tough start to life back in League Two, however they are currently closer to the play-offs than the drop-zone (in points).

Alexander has a history of stabilising and improving clubs; from the aforementioned Salford, to leading Fleetwood into League One, and taking Scunthorpe into the third-tier play-offs.

As for Swindon, the League One side lost their own promotion-winning boss Richie Wellens to Salford on Wednesday, where he replaced Alexander.

Caretaker Noel Hunt has been installed as the early frontrunner for the Robins post and is expected to be given a couple of games to showcase his credentials.

Steve Cotterill is next in the running at 6/1, followed by Paul Tisdale (8/1) and Danny Cowley (12/1), whereas Alexander can also be backed at 12/1 to take charge of the club.

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