Gary Neville slammed by ex-Salford boss for ‘no plan’ and ‘pointless chats’

The Ammies co-own a group of Manchester United legends including Gary Neville, David Beckham and Paul Scholes and are currently in their third season in the EFL

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Gary Neville watches as Salford win days before manager’s sacking at Wembley Stadium

If you haven’t been living under a rock in recent years you will be aware of Salford City’s rise in the leagues.

The rise of the Ammies made headlines thanks to their famous co-owners – a group of ex- Manchester United stars – and the following Series of documentaries chronicling their rapid-fire promotion for the first time in the Football League. But not everything was smooth. The club’s ambitious owners, including Gary Neville, Paul Scholes and David Beckham, have seen progress in recent years.

This is her third campaign in a row League Two and they have made no secret of their desire to attain the third stage. Gary Bowyer is the man tasked with leading his side with a playoff scream as we enter the final stages of the campaign.

But if he doesn’t finish in the top seven this season, don’t be surprised to see Bowyer replaced. Despite being relative EFL newcomers, Salford has developed a habit of being ruthless when it comes to boss changes.

Bowyer’s predecessor, Richie Wellens, can attest to that. Wellens was dropped from Salford back in March 2021just four months after he was hired to replace Graham Alexander.

The decision to cut Wellens free came just days after a historic Football League Trophy win for Salford at Wembley. The man he replaced also received the boot for just five games in the 2020-21 season after initially directing them the EFL. Discussing his time at Peninsula Stadium, Wellens – now in charge of League 2 rivals Leyton Orient – admits it wasn’t a working environment he liked.

“You can’t make a long-term plan unless you look at the short-term first,” he said The i newspaper. “At Salford I wasn’t given any time (to implement a style). I worked with a previous manager’s players who were used to a completely different style than me.

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Former Man United star Gary Neville is one of the co-owners of Salford City

Wellens readily admits his decision to join Salford from former club Swindon was a bad call on his part, saying the lack of strategic planning at his new employers was evident: “It was ‘let’s just win this week’ , no plan how we would try to win. Was it fun working there? no I have certain standards, certain disciplines that I think a football club needs to have, things that any manager will tell you need. I didn’t think they had them in Salford.”

Richie Wellens led Salford City to a final EFL Trophy win in 2021 only to be sacked days later

Wellens also criticized Neville, Salford’s most vocal co-owner. He admits that both men could have handled situations differently, but stressed that he never felt a real working relationship could develop between the two.

Wellens added: “I want a good relationship with my chairman. I would like to be able to talk to him about football over a coffee or a beer. What I don’t want are conversations that say nothing and are just for the sake of conversation. Topics are raised that shouldn’t be my responsibility.”

Salford, one point and one place outside the play-offs, travels to Joey Barton’s Bristol Rovers on Good Friday.

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