Alexander arrives at Fleetwood

Fleetwood Town will be Graham Alexander's first managerial job. Photo: PA

Fleetwood have appointed former Scotland international Graham Alexander as their new manager.

The 41-year-old moves across Lancashire from Preston, where he was working as head of youth development having called time on a professional career spanning over 1,000 games at the end of last season.

Alexander replaces Micky Mellon in the Highbury Stadium hotseat and is taking on a first senior management role with the npower League Two club.

He guided North End for five games last term alongside David Unsworth in a caretaker capacity before Graham Westley's mid-season arrival.

Despite leading Fleetwood to two promotions in the past three years and currently seeing them occupy the final League Two play-off spot, Mellon was sacked in the wake of last weekend's FA Cup second-round defeat to Aldershot - the Cod Army's third consecutive loss in all competitions.

Alexander's first game at the helm comes on Saturday at home to fellow promotion-chasers Southend.