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Gary Neville to appoint fourth Salford City manager in last two years

Gary Neville is getting set to appoint a fourth Salford City manager in the last two years having failed to reach League One.

The Ammies missed out on qualifying for the League Two playoffs for the third successive season, something which has resulted in yet another change in the managerial dugout.

Manager Gary Bowyer signed a two-year contract last May but that arrangement has ended prematurely. A report in The Athletic first claimed that Salford’s hierarchy were considering the possibility of getting rid of Bowyer and replacing him with ex-Lincoln chief Michael Appleton.


Salford City Football Club announces the departure of First Team Manager Gary Bowyer from The Peninsula Stadium.

A meeting was held earlier today and the Club has made the decision to terminate Gary Bowyer’s contract along with Assistant Manager Billy Barr.

The Club would like to thank Gary and Billy for their hard work over the last season, and we wish them all the best for their future roles within football.

An announcement regarding the role of First Team Manager will be made in due course.


Speaking moments after missing out on a top 7 finish, Bowyer said: “It’s disappointing 100 per cent, and the lads are absolutely gutted because they gave everything like they have done again today. They’re a great set of lads to work with and we’ve got to come back stronger now.”

Salford have only managed to finish in 11th, 8th and 10th for their first three campaigns at EFL level. It would seem that Gary Neville and the rest of his Class of ’92 teammates are growing frustrated as they keep changing the manager to find the right one to guide them up.

Graham Alexander was one of these three sacked in recent years. Helping the side to promotion from the National League, got the boot in October 2020 and his successor Richie Wellens lasted not even four months before the decision was made to axe him just a week after helping win the EFL Trophy.

Neville has however previously admitted his regret at letting Alexander go: “Last season, Graham Alexander should never have left this club. He should never have left, I should never have made that decision that I made. It goes against everything that I believe in and that’s what owning a football club does to you, it takes you to that place where you do things that you don’t believe you ever would do.”

Before the end of the 2021/22 season, Neville decide to defend Salford’s spending policy, which got quite the mocking. It was revealed in April that the club’s parent company, Project 92 Limited, lost more than £4.7million in 2021 – equating to an average of £91,000 per week.

Speaking to Sky Sports Neville said: “We’ve invested enormous amounts of money in the last seven or eight years. But it’s all myself, David, Ryan, Paul, Nicky, Phil and Peter (Lim, Singaporean business magnate). Peter owns 50 per cent, we own 50 per cent. We’ve put lots of money in ourselves. We’ve chosen to do that. I’m not against owner funding. We put it in at the start of the season. The club is obviously robust in that sense.

“We only spend the money that we have. It is a lot of money to lose but we’ve come up from step eight and had to spend millions and millions of pounds on this stadium. And we knew that was going to happen at the very beginning. We do one day long for sustainability at the club.

“But we’re trying to build a fanbase in a city that’s not had a Football League club ever. It’s new to us.”

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Twitter users reacted with Gary Neville to appoint a fourth Salford City manager in the last two years…

@tmtgroves: Another one bites the dust

@JakeSma42093709: And the @GNev2 sacking circus begins again. Had more managers than the glazers

@chrisrankinMUFC: Only 4 more Salford city managers till Christmas 🎅

@ianroberts52: Surely at some point the owners need to realise that maybe the manager is not the problem

@tweetygriff: Another one sacked @GNev2

@turnbullissimo: Doesn’t it reflect on the competence of those appointing managers? Why aren’t they getting the boot?

@Nin0_Bar0ne: Money club continues to get it wrong LOL

@caitlinjjwebb: Stop it 🤣🤣

@Legom4n86: Wrong appointment in my opinion anyway. A season too far!

@mattpye30: Shock 😲 Salford sack a manager @GNev2 will be going all guns for ole now after saying how good of a manager he is

@Wez_chiiiii: Practice what you waffle on about @GNev2 😂😂 how many managers is that now?

@samevans1506: Yet more hypocrisy from Gary Neville

@KJParr269: Why not get OGS? Remember hes a world class manager that United shouldn’t of sacked

@nodgers: Pathetic, no one ever gets chance to build a squad or culture at the club. It’s not Football Manager on the PC

@Stubrfc1604: Absolute shambles. @GNev2 bangs on about giving managers time then sacks 3 a season himself … Hypocrisy at its finest…

@Utd_Analytics: Another manager sacked at Salford! What’s that now, 6 in 5 years, something ridiculous. This is the same Gary Neville who preaches giving managers time. Such a hypocrite and Immoral. #MUFC

@stfcjosh: What a shock 😂

@ReeceDSport: People talking about finding their level Wait till you see who the replacement is….

@Gallagherlad95: Genuinely surprised it took them this long. They won’t get the same criticism as Watford from the media though because god forbid they say anything against the class of 92. Remember Salford is a fairytale story according to them.

@MinotaurForLife: I’ll never understand it. Gary Neville says regularly that managers need to be given time not just sacked when things don’t go to plan, yet every 6-12 months Salford are looking for a new manager 😂

@MnRainer: So Salford have sacked yet another manager, not going very well is its @GNev2. Spending all that money to fail.

@Mr_ITellYah: How many managers has Gary Neville and his mob sacked at Salford?…. They are another Watford but with more backing lol #SalfordCity

@onlyonecolour: I see loud mouth, big nose, mouth piece, has just sacked another manager at Salford, what an absolute font of wisdom and nicety he his..

@SayNoMore33: Hypocrite Gary Neville at it again I see by sacking another manager. Gary Bowyer was only hired by Salford in March 2021 – 14 months later and he’s been sacked. Neville always United to be patient with managers but he fires frequently at Salford.

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