Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has been placed in caretaker charge of Salford City following the sacking of manager Graham Alexander. Salford are fifth in League Two having won two, drawn two and lost one of their first five league games of the season. Co-owner Scholes is now in temporary charge until the club find a permanent successor to Alexander.
It is the second time Scholes has been caretaker for Salford having shared the role with fellow co-owner and former United team-mate Phil Neville for one game in 2015.
Scholes’ only permanent spell as a manager came at Oldham Athletic in 2019.
However, the former England midfielder lasted only 31 days. Scholes resigned having won just one of his seven matches in charge.
The 45-year-old will be joined at Salford by former United coach and Wigan manager Warren Joyce once he has undergone a period of isolation.
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Scholes’ first game in charge will be for the trip to Port Vale this Saturday (3pm).
That match is quickly followed by home clashes against Southend (October 20) and Crawley (October 24).
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Salford are expected to appoint a permanent successor to Alexander later this month.
The club’s full statement reads: “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.
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“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.”
Former Burnley and Preston defender Alexander was first appointed as Salford boss in May 2018, shortly after the club’s promotion to the National League.
He led the Lancashire-based side to the Football League at the first time of asking, beating AFC Fylde in the play-off final.
Salford’s first season in the Football League was curtailed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
They were 11th when the campaign was halted, having collected 50 points from their 37 matches.
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