Salford has named former Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer as its new manager less than 24 hours after Richie Wellens was fired.
Gary Neville and his ’92 classmates were heavily criticized Monday after blaming Wellens after just over four months.
But they quickly moved to name his successor and left Bowyer the job until the end of the season as they attempt to get back to the second division play-off spots.
Ex-Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer was named Salford manager until the end of the season
Salford owning group Class of ’92 (Paul Scholes and Gary Neville, left to right) weren’t happy with the League Two side’s promotion offer
Teams managed: Blackburn (2012-13 Caretaker, 2013 Caretaker, 2013-15), Blackpool (2016-18), Bradford (2019-20), Derby U23s (2020-21)
Honors: League Two Play-off Winner 2017 (Blackpool)
In a club statement on Tuesday, Bowyer, who had worked with Derbies U23 and was previously in charge of Blackpool and Bradford, said: I’m delighted to be here, I have to thank Wayne Rooney first and foremost, Darrell Russell in Derby County for him Helped me get here so much.
‘Today is of course about meeting the players and setting expectations for what we expect from them from now until the end of the season.
‘We want them to play aggressive football both with and without the ball and do really well in these remaining eleven games.
“Like everyone else in this league, we have the opportunity to push our way into the billing to get into the playoffs and see if we can do it.”
According to The sunWellens held showdown talks with Salford’s co-owner and former Manchester United defender Neville before being released from duties on Monday.
The decision came just nine days after Wellens led Salford to the EFL Trophy – the first trophy since the club joined the Football League – with a win over Portsmouth on penalties at Wembley – but their league form wasn’t good enough.
Salford sacked manager Richie Wellens after “showdown talks” with co-owner Neville earlier this week
Wellens was dropped just nine days after Salford led to the EFL Trophy at Wembley
Leading the condemnation of Wellens’ dismissal, Jamie Carragher posted an old quote from Neville calling for managers to be given time to succeed, along with a series of laughing emojis.
Neville’s quote read, “The scary thing is that a large chunk of people actually support these layoffs now that they have gotten used to them … How can you build a soccer team without getting 2-3 years?
“A rule change is needed to moderate the mid-season layoff of managers in their freshman year with a club.”
Carragher also compared Neville and his other co-owners in Salford to former Atletico Madrid president Jesus Gil, who was famous for showing no mercy to coaches.
Proponents were also upset over the treatment of Wellens. Manchester United’s Red Issue report tweeted Neville pictures of two articles, one of which says managers must be given time and one of Salford firing Wellens.
Jamie Carragher tweeted this quote from Neville calling for a change in the rules to give managers time to work. He insisted that bosses take two to three years to build their jobs
A United report tweeted Neville pictures of a story saying managers must be “given time to work” and the story of Salford firing Wellens
The Class of ’92 owners had long been unhappy with what they saw on the pitch, and co-owner Neville had had talks about their league form.
Former Manchester United defender and Sky Sports expert sat down with players and staff to discuss their issues ahead of the EFL Trophy win over Portsmouth – the final of last season’s competition after it was postponed by Covid-19.
WELLENS ‘RECORDING AS SALFORD BOSS
Responsible days: 138
But Neville then watched Salford lose more ground in the second division promotion race against Cheltenham last weekend, losing 2-0 thanks to goals from Sean Long and Liam Sercombe.
Salford is an extremely ambitious club that is keen to continue climbing the domestic football pyramid. This is the second season in the second division.
They want to get out of the fourth division of English football and hope that Bowyer can upgrade the squad for the last eleven games of the campaign.
However, fans were dissatisfied with the decision to part ways with Wellens after such a short period of time.
@SalfordWalshy wrote: ‘This is going to be embarrassing @ GNev2! Stop worrying about the crib [sic] every ten minutes! We won a trophy last weekend and have been fighting a little in the league lately, but show your confidence and be patient. You want too much ‘too soon’ with an angry emoji.
@Jon_Harris tweeted, ‘You have to stop this obsession with getting promoted every season. Nobody will want the job. Every new manager for you hides from nothing from day 1. You have to look to the longer term and give people time. ‘
Another fan quoted Neville’s pleading with Manchester United to give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer time to work just so as not to show the same level of trust with his own manager.
They said, “The next time Gary is at Sky and says how a manager should get more time, he should look in the mirror first.” Another followed: “I think it’s safe to say that if they were in charge at United, Ole would have disappeared long ago.”
@FANDC_HUB wrote: ‘Swear @ GNev2 is the guy who always gives managers time (especially Ole). Practice What You Preach ‘.
@Jimi_Dyer added, ‘When will clubs find out that simply laying off managers has failed? They need stability to play the style and get the team they want on. Ridiculous.
The fans were also furious and urged Salford to “stop wanting to change managers!”
A statement by the club on Monday said: “Salford City Football Club has separated from Richie Wellens by mutual agreement.
‘We would like to thank Richie for his time and commitment in the club and wish him all the best for the future.
“An announcement of a new manager will be made in due course.”
Wellens, who was in charge at Salford for just 138 days, was furious with his team’s demeanor after being defeated at Jonny Rocks on Saturday, especially during the warm-up.