Grezza: It’s hard to switch off

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Graham Alexander admits it’s been very difficult for him to switch off from football this summer.

The Fleetwood Town boss has two decades of summers as a Football League player under his belt, but this is his first one as a manager and he says that it’s a whole new experience.

Alexander told The Gazette: “It’s been completely different. The responsibility never stops as a manager.

“As soon as the last game of the season finishes, you’re always planning for next season. It’s hard to switch off as a manager.

“I’ve had a little five-day break with my family, which was fantastic, but that’s it. I’ve been at work apart from that.”

The 41-year-old has had so little relaxation time because he is working to rebuild a playing squad depleted by a dozen departures at the end of Town’s first League Two campaign.

“At the end of the day this club is my responsibility, and it’s a great one. I have to make sure I get the best players into the club,” added Alexander, who has signed up four new players so far.

“I’ve had big help from the chairman and chief executive too. We are all working toward getting the best team we possibly can.

“It was mental for the first three weeks after the season but it’s calmed down a little bit of late.

“A lot of people in football go on their holidays around this time, so you have to wait for things to pick up again.”