He’s been with Graham Alexander through the good and the bad – now Scott Wiseman expects his former manager to succeed in his latest challenge at Motherwell.
The Steelmen appointed the former Fleetwood Town, Scunthorpe United and Salford City boss last week as he takes over from Stephen Robinson. His first game in charge was a 1-1 draw with St Mirren, in which only a controversial late penalty denied him an opening victory.
Wiseman has played 107 matches under Alexander across spells at Scunthorpe United and Salford City. The latter is where he enjoyed silverware success, earning promotion to the English Football League with a National League play-off final win, remedying the previous heartbreak of League One play-off defeat defeat at the Iron.
Now with Lincoln Red Imps in Gibraltar, Wiseman has told NTOF the new Motherwell boss was always there when he needed him: “Graham and I always had very candid conversations.
“That goes for chat about football, my performance whether it was good or bad, and even life away from football. He didn’t change in that respect. He was always just straight forward.
“In terms of his man-management, he always let you know he was there to talk to and discuss anything with him. Whether that be to ask what he wanted from you if you were unsure about things on the park, to gripe if you weren’t playing or if you had problems away from football. His door was always open for us no matter what.”
Alexander himself says that he always takes his men into games looking for a win, perhaps sacrificing a little bit of defensive steeliness for eye-catching attacks.
Gibraltar international Wiseman knows how intense that can be for the players: “I always liked his style of play. I played under him for two different club and enjoyed relative success at both.
“He demands high standards from his players on and off the pitch and wants a lot of energy and intensity. Most importantly, everyone knows their job, there are no grey areas.”
Motherwell currently sit 10th in the Premiership as they battle for safety in Scotland’s top flight. Alexander has never been to a domestic club in Scotland across his playing or management days, but the former Scotland international has been a success wherever he has gone so far, winning promotions with the likes of Salford City and Fleetwood Town.
Wiseman is expecting success to follow him to Lanarkshire: “Personally I would say that he left clubs better than how he found them. I think it’s a trait of a good manager to learn from success or failure. At Scunthorpe we narrowly failed in the play-offs after overachieving for so long.
“Then at Salford City we got it over the line in the same situation during the play-off final. I 100% believe he will be a success at Motherwell, his style of play and will to win will suit Scottish football.”