Motherwell manager Graham Alexander anticipates that the Fir Park club will be very active in the summer transfer window.
The Fir Park club head into their final game of the Scottish Premiership season with Ross County knowing the likes of QPR loanee Liam Kelly will be heading back to their parent clubs. Academy product Allan Campbell has already had his exit confirmed, as has club captain Declan Gallagher. There are also several other players out-of-contract.
Alexander says players will come and go during a shortened summer at Fir Park, players due back for pre-season in mid-June: “I think it will be a busy summer but it’ll be a short one. We have to try and improve the team and the squad. There will be players leaving through their own choice, as we know, and other players who will go on to pastures new and try to find regular football.
“I think we’ve got just over a team’s worth of players under contract for next season so we will have to add to that because it’s important to start the season well and we need strength in depth. But I will think about this after Sunday because I want to concentrate fully on the game.
“It’s always difficult losing good players, certainly players who you would want to keep. It’s sad to see people go but on the other side of it, you want them to go on and do good things. There’s not a lot of consistency and Motherwell over the last 15 years have had to let a lot of good players go.”
It’s been a busy season for Alexander on a personal level. He started the season as Salford City manager but was relieved of his duties at the League Two club just five games into the season. But football works in mysterious ways, and having been Motherwell manager since January after replacing Stephen Robinson, he wants to stay in North Lanarkshire long-term.
Alexander said: “I didn’t expect to be here when I started pre-season at Salford City! Me and Chris (Lucketti, Motherwell assistant manager) were speaking about it the other day. You never know what is round the corner in football. I think I stopped planning a career a couple of years ago.
“Things happen and you don’t know where your next opportunity is, where you are going to be. I quite like that and I am excited about that looking ahead to the next 10-15 years, if I am still lucky enough to be involved in football. I know I love the job and being the manager.
“I love everything about it, but I didn’t envisage being up in Scotland and moving my family up here and working in the Scottish Premiership. But I am so happy that I had the option to come here and I am so glad that I took it. It’s been really worthwhile so far and hopefully there’s a good few years left.”
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