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Alexander to be Player-Coach

It has now been confirmed by the club that Graham Alexander is now player-coach.

He is currently vice-captain but the 38 year old defender and holding midfielder has completed his coaching badges and is now qualified to take over in a player-coach capacity.

Well done Grezza!

He will take up the appointment and work closely with our new manager,Brian Laws and his assistant Russ Wilcox.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday January 13 2010

Time: 12:43PM

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It's all happening and my fingers are knackered
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13/01/2010 12:45:00

how old is that guy, 40+ ?
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13/01/2010 12:46:00

I wonder if he will make him captain too?
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13/01/2010 12:46:00

Bfc website says Grezza is player/coach. No need to hang about waiting for those SKY people. He's 38, vgg, or maybe 39.
Couch Potato
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13/01/2010 12:47:00

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13/01/2010 12:47:00

They told me 20 minutes ago CP,only just gone up on Official
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13/01/2010 12:48:00

Or were you asking about tmp, vgg? I am afraid that's confidential!
Couch Potato
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13/01/2010 12:48:00

Is he our penalty coach? :-)
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13/01/2010 12:53:00

So does this mean we are nearer or no nearer in securing a manager.
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13/01/2010 12:59:00

Doh should of read about Laws being confirmed as manager.
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13/01/2010 13:00:00

Im pleased for and with Alexander.
Grimsby Claret
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13/01/2010 13:07:00

I'm pleased with the appointment of Alexander as player/coach as I think it is evident on the pitch he is well respected and has a good footballing brain.
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13/01/2010 13:10:00

I think that this is possibly a good long-term decision. Maybe Laws will keep us up - but still not convinced he is here for the long-term. Alexander could become a good potential manager, I feel that he is committed to Burnley and has not played in higher division elsewhere in the country (unlike Coyle!!!!!).
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13/01/2010 13:20:00

You know I am going to be happy, from day one I have wanted Grezza in the new Management Team. He will be Vital for a smooth transition for Laws. He will be able to assist with away team selections too! Did you see how I got Vital into my post?!
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13/01/2010 13:23:00

I did Vin. That is top quality work. ;)
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13/01/2010 13:24:00

BL "Grezza who do you think we should play in defence at Old Trafford", Grezza "All of them and the driver", BL "Phone OT and ask how we get the bus on the pitch, I like your plan Grezza and you as skipper" SIMPLES......
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13/01/2010 14:28:00

On club siute it does now say that an additional senior coach will be appointed. (Cue for VR to say that the additional coach could add depth to the defence at OT.)
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13/01/2010 14:31:00

I think the additional coach will be a GK coach will it not?
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13/01/2010 14:33:00

The additional coach is in fact a Double Decker Mercedes Class Ominbus....my hat please....
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13/01/2010 16:53:00

I like this appointment and I am claiming that i predicited it. I have posted that I thought that Grezza would assume the Davis role! It does saythere after and experienced 1st team coach hey what if its one of the Bolton coaches who left? Megson isn't going anywhere on gardening leave at Bolton!
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13/01/2010 18:20:00

Am still not totally convinced that Grezz can cut it as a player at this level but the players obviously respect him and his professionalism make him a great role model. Think this is the natural step for him and I agree that, perhaps, he is a manager in the making here or at the Nobbers in a couple of years.
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13/01/2010 20:03:00

I still wondering RT if Laws is keeping the seat warm for him.
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13/01/2010 20:12:00

Fair point and a master / apprentice situation is probably a good way of summing things up. Can't see Laws ever being tempted away - he seems a pretty steady kind of lad - but Grezza certainly seems to have something about him. Suppose it depends on how Fergie jnr gets on at Preston but you could certainly see Grezza in a managerial seat at some stage.
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13/01/2010 20:22:00

Thought at first that we might have gone for Fergie Jnr as he could have got some loan signings in. I seem to agree about Laws not being tempted away - but if we get relegated will he have the untouchability about him that Coyle would have?
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13/01/2010 20:42:00


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