Salford manager Richie Wellens sacked after Gary Neville showdown talks

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Salford have sacked manager Richie Wellens following showdown talks with owner and Manchester United legend Gary Neville.

The decision comes days after the club – taken over by the Red Devils hero and other Class of '92 members in 2014 – won the EFL trophy.

But they are ninth in League Two, having won just two of their last nine games to sit six points off the play-offs in the fourth division of English football.

Wellens only joined Salford as manager last manager but won just 11 of his 30 games in charge.

A club statement reads: "Salford City Football Club has parted company with Richie Wellens by mutual consent.

"We would like to thank Richie for his time and efforts at the Club and wish him well for the future.

"An announcement about a new manager will be made in due course.

"There will be no further comment."

Neville, who owns a 10 per-cent share of the club, reportedly called Wellens into a meeting on Monday morning at 10:30am following a 2-0 defeat to Cheltenham on Saturday.

And the 40-year-old had been shown the door within an hour, making it their second dismissal of the season.

It is part of a huge overhaul led by the ex-United defender, with Salford having the biggest budget in League Two because of the Class of '92's involvement.

He called in the manager, players and staff to discuss changing their possession-based style of play to chase down the play-off pack.

And this meeting came before the club's first-ever EFL Trophy win against Portsmouth on penalties.

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  • It marks the second sacking made by Neville this season, with Graham Alexander departing two-and-a-half years and a National League promotion.

    This came despite the unbeaten start and getting Salford to the final the season before, with the fixture delayed because of Covid-19.

    Neville invested in the club six years ago along with Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and brother Phil.

    David Beckham invested five years later, buying his own 10 per-cent stake from businessman Pete Lim.

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