When Salford City made the decision to dispense with the services of manager Richie Wellens it was one met with widespread condemnation.
Wellens was in charge of the League Two side for less than five months when he was replaced by Gary Bowyer last week.
Bowyer became the sixth man to take his place in the Ammies dugout since a consortium led by Gary Neville and fellow 'Class of 92' Manchester United players bought the club in 2014.
It’s a seven-year spell that has seen Salford move from the eighth-tier, all the way to the promotion picture in the fourth.
But his ruthless style of hiring and firing managers has caught the attention of some critics, none more so than fellow Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher.
The pair often exchange jibes on social media and the Liverpool legend wasted no time in reminding Neville of some of his previous comments on sacking managers.
He posted a screenshot of a Tweet Neville posted in 2018, which read: "The scary thing is that a large % of people now actually support these sackings as they've become accustomed to it…
"How can you build a football team without getting 2-3 years. A rule change is required to moderate sackings of managers mid season in their first year at a club."
However, one of the coaches Neville and Co. have parted ways with during their time with the club has claimed his former boss won’t be losing any sleep over the criticism.
Anthony Johnson, along with Bernard Morley, were the consortium’s first hires and helped Salford into the National League.
They were removed from their posts just days after winning promotion, with the now Chester FC boss believing Neville will feel fully vindicated if his side reach League One.
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“There’s part of me that wonders how you can expect success when you don’t build foundations and change managers a lot,” Johnson told the Athletic. “However, I also believe that if you have the investment and are being paid a premium then you should also be able to operate under the high expectations and pressure.
“Criticism won’t bother him and he won’t lose sleep over people calling him out for what they say is double standards. Think what he did with me and Bernard; we won the league by six points and next minute, we’re done.
“If he gets into the play-offs (this season), then he’ll say he’s made the right decision over sacking Richie. Football is ruthless and so is Gary.”
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