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Salford sack manager and put ex-Man Utd player in interim charge

There was shock on Monday afternoon after Salford City sack their manager and put an ex-Man Utd player in interim charge.

Salford City have sacked boss Graham Alexander and put ex-Manchester United player Paul Scholes in interim charge.

The 49 year old led the club to promotion to the English Football League in his first season in 2018-19.

He leaves the club in fifth place in League Two, having gone unbeaten in their first five games this season. You can see why fans are not happy at all with this decision.

Scholes is one of the club’s part-owners along with former United team-mates David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt and Gary and Phil Neville.

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? “To lose two points in the last couple of minutes is hard to take” Graham Alexander on this afternoon’s draw against Tranmere Rovers.

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It read: “Salford City Football Club announces that manager Graham Alexander has left the club with immediate effect. The club met with Graham this morning and after discussion have agreed to part company.

“The club would like to thank Graham for his contribution and all his hard work. In his first season he guided the team to Wembley, resulting in promotion to League 2 and in his second season he reached the Leasing.com Trophy final. The club would like to wish him all the best and success in the future.

“First team coach, Chris Lucketti, will also leave the club.

“Paul Scholes will act as the interim head coach while the club looks to secure a new manager. Warren Joyce, currently in isolation, will join Paul once he is able to.”


It is understood that 45 year old Paul Scholes was reluctant to take the role but has agreed to do so, given the circumstances. 

Despite a vast budget, Salford finished in 11th in League Two last season under Alexander, who has also managed Fleetwood and Scunthorpe. 

This season, they have won two and drawn three of their five matches, but their home form has been a concern for some time, along with their style of play. 

A 2-2 home draw with Tranmere on Saturday, in which the visitors scored twice in the final five minutes to secure an unlikely point, was thought to be the final straw. 

Scholes was previously in charge of Oldham Athletic, the appointment of the former Manchester United and England footballer took ages to be completed, only for him to stun the footballing world by deciding to leave the Latics just 31 days into his job.

A year ago, Paul Scholes was hit with a misconduct charge by the Football Association after he had placed 140 bets on football.

The former Manchester United and England midfielder allegedly did so between the 17th of August 2015 and the 12th of January 2019, during his time as Salford City co-owner.

It was back in August 2014 that the Football Association made it illegal for players and manager to officials and staff in football to bet on all matches.

An FA statement read: “Paul Scholes has been charged with misconduct in relation to The FA’s Betting Rules.

“It is alleged he placed 140 bets on football matches, contrary to FA Rule E8, between 17 August 2015 and 12 January 2019.

“He has until 26 April 2019 to respond to the charge.”

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