Pool hero credits Alexander
Blackpool's Gary Taylor-Fletcher has paid tribute to the late Keith Alexander for his success.
Last Updated: 26/05/10 9:23am
Blackpool striker Gary Taylor-Fletcher has paid tribute to his former manager, the late Keith Alexander, for his success.
Taylor-Fletcher helped the Seasiders secure promotion to the Premier League on Saturday with a goal in their 3-2 Championship play-off final victory over Cardiff at Wembley.
The forward was first spotted by Alexander as a youngster at Northwich Victoria, and was taken under the manager's wing at Lincoln.
And 28-year-old Taylor-Fletcher has dedicated his triumph with Blackpool to the former Imps boss, who passed away in March.
"The transformation to reach the Premier League is unbelievable and the one person I can thank for that is Keith Alexander," said Taylor-Fletcher.
"He was a massive influence on me, he saw me in the youth team at Northwich Victoria and gave me my chance. He took over at Lincoln and rescued me when I was having a bad time at Leyton Orient.
"And he even let me go on a free transfer from Lincoln to help me find a better club because he thought I deserved the chance of playing at a higher level.
"I have got such great respect for him and what he has done for my career. I hope he can rest in peace with a smile on his face because of what has happened to me."