Alexander would welcome Gretna return

Rowan Alexander says he's the man who can save Gretna from relegation this season.

Alexander, 46, was formally axed by the Borderers on Tuesday, following months of uncertainty over his position, and has confirmed his intention to appeal against the dismissal.

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The former Black and Whites boss revealed he has been sacked for alleged gross misconduct, but the disciplinary procedure has been branded "amateurish" by GMB union representative Stephen Baillie.

Baillie expects the appeal to be heard before the end of the month, after which the case could go to an employment tribunal if Alexander is not reinstated by Gretna owner Brooks Mileson.

"I was shocked and I've not slept much overnight," said Alexander when asked his reaction to Tuesday's news.

"We all know the connection I've had with Brooks over the last five years and I was shocked, really shocked."

Gretna are bottom of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League, with just one win in their opening 12 matches since promotion.

Alexander, who had been in charge since Gretna's days in the English non-league system, added: "It's a club I've devoted a lot of my life to, I've made sacrifices to be there.

"After the success that we've experienced up until now, why leave something like that?

"I was the manager and I felt that the group of staff that we had together was good and we had a good working relationship throughout those years.

"I have nothing against anybody at that club and I would certainly welcome a recall back to the job.

"I've not actually watched them but it's been difficult and frustrating and I fear for the guys, I really do. I've occupied myself by going to other games in the SPL."