Money was the man to give manager his first chanceGraham Alexander admitted that he can’t wait to pit his wits against former manager Richard Money when Town travel to Cambridge United on Saturday.
Money, boss of The U’s, was the man to give Alexander his first chance in football when a youngster at Scunthorpe, and the Scotsman stated that he owes the 59 year old a great deal.
Town will be looking to book their place in the second round of the FA Cup for the second successive season, having overcome Gloucester at this stage last season before bowing out to Burton Albion.
And speaking at his weekly press conference to the Club’s media team ahead of the clash against Money’s men at the Abbey Stadium, Alexander was in positive mood.
He said: “Richard Money was the man who gave me my chance in professional football and offered me my apprentice forms at Scunthorpe when I was 16.
“He was a fantastic coach to play under and I learnt so much from him. I owe him a lot because if it weren’t for him then I might not have been a professional footballer.
“It’s a good game for us because it’s against a very good team. They’re obviously a level below us but it’s on their home patch and will be looking to get a result in front of their fans.
“The FA Cup has still got its special feeling for us as a Club and as individuals. If you’ve grown up with it from a young age then it’s a special competition.
“We’re looking to get a decent run in it, but Cambridge is the one for us at the moment and we have to make sure we go there with the right mentality.
“As a player I never really had any good runs in the cup or giant killing days, so that’s something I’m trying to change in my managerial career.
“It has got a magic to it without a doubt. It’s been hampered a little bit with the size of the Premier League and so forth, but for people who love football it’s still got its magic.
“With clubs at our level the realism of it is that you’re probably not going to get to the final, but we’re all trying to get as far as we can for our supporters.”