Grezza’s highs and lows after Fleetwood promotion

Graham Alexander at Wembley
Graham Alexander at Wembley
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Fleetwood boss Graham Alexander admits there was a huge comedown after Town’s Wembley victory.

Alexander masterminded Town’s promotion to League One in his first season as a manager.

The Highbury club sealed the final spot in the third tier of English football with victory over Burton Albion on the hallowed turf.

And former Burnley and Preston defender Alexander told The Gazette it gave him a very different feeling to his experiences as a player.

He said:”When I got home and sat down and had a look back it seemed very different.

“As a player you look forward to next season.

“As a manager I was just thinking straight away, ‘right, what do we need to do to compete at this level’.

“It was a strange feeling for the next two or three days.

“I sort of had a massive comedown.

“I don’t know if it was after the pressure and the focus of going into the last few games and getting everything right for the players.

“But I think it all came out when I got home.

“Relaxing for two or three days didn’t feel right.

“I hadn’t done it for 10 months.”

But Alexander insists the chance to celebrate promotion with Fleetwood’s fans on the Highbury pitch a fortnight ago was just the tonic. He said:

“It was a strange feeling but coming back to Highbury for the promotion party was good for me.

“I could have another taste of it.

“It all got me topped off, gave me what I’d been missing and I was right when I got home.

“Seeing the joy on everyone’s faces was fantastic.”

While Fleetwood’s stars enjoy their summer breaks the work is never over for the manager, who is busy trying to build a squad to take League One by storm.

He’s already secured the signature of full back Danny Andrew from Macclesfield Town and is understood to be close to sorting a deal for an experienced striker.

Town are understood to have identified all of their transfer targets – a small number given Alexander’s desire to give his promotion squad a chance.

He said:”Now it’s about planning for next season and for me that’s exciting as well.

“We’ve seen our players against this level of opposition before.

“You ask can they step up? Can I as a manager?

“Can the club re-energise itself and push on again.

“We’re really looking forward to next season and doing it all again.”

Town’s season tickets for the 2014/15 campaign went on sale last week.

And Alexander knows the Cod Army can play a crucial role in what he wants to be another successful campaign.

He praised the fans for the lift they gave his squad at a crucial time.

“The supporters have been right behind us,” said Alexander.

“There were times here, like when we got beaten 4-0 here by Plymouth, we could have withdrawn into ourselves, the supporters could have turned their backs on us and that didn’t happen.

“We came back, battled back and the supporters were with us.

“They really got behind the team.

“It made us believe we could turn the situation round and we did that.

“We kicked on from that.”