Lucketti loving Town transfer mission

Chris Lucketti with Graham Alexander
Chris Lucketti with Graham Alexander

Chris Lucketti admits he and manager Graham Alexander couldn’t wait to get started on their rebuilding mission at Highbury – even before the season had finished.

Town ended a first Football League campaign with four consecutive defeats, a record the assistant manager knows was “frustrating” for those on and off the pitch.

He said: “It was certainly a poor way to end the season and it was frustrating for the fans, players and ourselves.

“The squad size was an 
issue, one that we recognised very early on, but we’re not 
going to make any excuses.

“The way we finished was not great.

“We couldn’t wait for the end of the season, to put our own mark on the team.”

That work is well under way with Town having 
already completed the signing of Matty Blair from York City and Steven Schumacher from Bury.

It’s the culmination of hard work from Lucketti and 
Alexander which started soon after the pair arrived at Highbury.

“We’ve been watching so many players over the last four or five months,” said Lucketti.

“It’s all been in preparation for this coming season.

“We’ve certainly put in a lot of mileage but it’s all been about identifying the targets we believe can take this club forward.

“I’ve been heavily involved in that and so has the gaffer.

“You have to put in the work if you want the right players to progress the club.”

The Fleetwood faithful, not to mention chairman Andy Pilley, will be expecting to see that progress next season.

Lucketti believes the plans in place for this summer will help bring success.

“We want to move forward.

“I’m not going to shout from the rooftops about 
getting promoted because you’re opening yourself up.

“But we’re a progressive club and we want to take things to the next level - that’s our goal.

“We’re starting to bring in players now and we want to keep the club on that upward path.

“But there are some big clubs in this league and we can’t take anything for granted.”

Lucketti made it clear Fleetwood’s ambition was a major factor in deciding his move from Deepdale.

“We knew all about the 
expectation here.” he said.

“We’d heard about 
Fleetwood, about the club’s success and when the gaffer came over and spoke to the chairman it was one of the things they spoke about.

“I recognise the ambition of the club and it was a major factor in our decision to come here.”

Before the move to 
Highbury both Lucketti and Alexander were coaching in the youth system at North End – the former Bury, 
Preston and Sheffield United defender admitting it was a big step to take.

“It’s a massive step,” he said. “You’re suddenly 
dealing with a professional club, it’s very different to the youth setup at PNE. There’s a whole new set of challenges, so much to learn but you just get on with it.”

Making the move with his close friend – to become Graham Alexander’s assistant at Highbury – did make the move easier.

Lucketti said: “I’ve known Graham for a long time.

“We played next to each other for six years at Preston.

“We have a good friendship and our professional careers have really grown together.”

And, despite having played at the very highest level with Sheffield United, the former centre half has plenty of League Two experience to bring.

“I started playing in the old fourth division at Rochdale,” he said. “I’ve played at every level from non-league to the Premier League.

“I know what it takes at this level, what you need as a 
footballer.”