Grimsby Town have today appointed Rowan Alexander as their new manager. A short statement on their website confirmed the appointment of Rowan Alexander, hero of Gretna's short lived success in Scotland when they rose through the leagues all the way to the SPL, Gretna made the shocking decision to sack Alexander back in 2007 despite him driving the club up the leagues and even got to the Scottish Cup final, where they lost on penalties to Hearts.
We caught up with Rowan yesterday to speak of his appointment.
"I am very proud to be here. Grimsby have been unfortunate in recent years and I think that with a bit of work, we can be successful, I have been out of the game for a few years now and I saw this as the ideal opportunity to return" Alexander said.
We also asked Rowan about his vision for the club and where he expects the club to be in the coming years. "I am very ambitious but right now, the club needs stabalisation, it has been in a steady decline and hopefully I can steady the ship and bring the club to a new level. At Gretna, we achieved back to back promotions for several years but this is a whole different ball game. We had lots of money to spend back then but now, I have a very limited budget, this is a big challenge but if I can get the fans behind me, we will be successful."
Finally, we asked Rowan whether he would be bringing in any ex-Gretna players or using his Scottish resources. "At Gretna, I had Davie Irons as my assistant, as far as I know he's back playing in the junior leagues but if I can find a way to get him in, I will do it but it would be asking a lot from the board to sacrifice possible compensation for him. A few of my ex Gretna colleagues are still without a club so I may be looking at bringing in a few faces for trial but I will also be looking at other players."
"I have lots of contacts in Scotland and I know Danny Lennon at St Mirren very well. I'll be on the phone to some of these guys as soon as possible and hopefully I can pick up a loan player from somewhere.