Graham Alexander leaves Motherwell following European defeat by Sligo Rovers

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Motherwell v Sligo Rovers – UEFA Europa Conference League – Second Qualifying Round – First Leg – Fir Park
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Graham Alexander has near Motherwell successful the aftermath of their European decision by Sligo Rovers.

Well suffered a 2-0 decision successful Ireland connected Thursday pursuing their 1-0 location nonaccomplishment astatine Fir Park successful the Europa Conference League 2nd qualifying round.

A nine connection read: “We person contiguous parted institution with manager Graham Alexander by communal consent.”

The determination comes 2 days earlier Motherwell unfastened their cinch Premiership run distant to St Mirren.

Alexander’s assistant, Chris Lucketti, has besides departed.

Chairman Jim McMahon said connected the club’s website: “Graham asked to talk with america aboriginal connected Friday morning, and everyone agreed that it would beryllium champion to marque a change.

“We asked Graham to reverse our fortunes erstwhile helium arrived 18 months agone and helium did that, earlier a truly coagulated commencement to his archetypal afloat play astatine Fir Park laid the foundations for what yet led to a fifth-place decorativeness and European football.

“However, things haven’t gone arsenic good for a spell successful 2022 and, though the timing is not ideal, we anticipation a alteration volition bring astir caller impetus for everyone up of the 2022-23 season.

“I would similar to spot connected grounds our sincere acknowledgment to Graham and Chris for each their hard enactment and effort and privation them each occurrence successful their aboriginal careers.”

Alexander took up the reins successful January 2021 and Motherwell collected much Premiership points than anyone extracurricular of Celtic and Rangers during the people of the calendar year.

But Well struggled aft selling Tony Watt to Dundee United astatine the commencement of 2022 and went 12 league games without a triumph earlier triumph implicit St Mirren connected April 2.

They scraped into the apical six a week aboriginal acknowledgment to Ricki Lamie’s equaliser astatine Livingston heavy into stoppage-time and wins implicit Ross County and Hearts sealed 5th spot and a European spot.

However, a mediocre show astatine Sligo outgo Motherwell a third-round necktie with Viking Stavanger and Alexander had mislaid the backing of the immense bulk of fans, galore of whom person criticised his style, tactics and squad selections successful caller months.

Alexander said: “I person thoroughly enjoyed my clip astatine Motherwell and permission with thing but bully wishes for the nine successful the future.

“I’m arrogant that we came successful with the nine associated bottommost of the Premiership, and 18 months aboriginal permission having archetypal secured our Premiership status, past qualified for Europe successful our archetypal afloat season. Our points tally successful that clip is lone down Rangers and Celtic.

“I besides privation to convey everyone who has worked truthful hard alongside us, and for the enactment I person received from Alan Burrows, Jim McMahon and the committee of directors. It has been a pleasance to correspond Motherwell Football Club.”

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