League Two side Salford City have sacked boss Graham Alexander and turned to former Manchester United player Paul Scholes in a temporary basis.
Former Scunthorpe boss Alexander oversaw the Ammies promotion to the EFL in his first season in 2018-19, but a poor run at the end of the last campaign saw them fall away from the play-off places. This season they have started strongly, with the club in fifth place in League Two, and unbeaten in the league.
He has still been dismissed, and replaced with Scholes temporarily. He is one of the club’s part-owners along with other Class of ’92 members David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt and Gary and Phil Neville. His only previous experience in management came as boss of Oldham at Boundary Park, his hometown club, where he managed 31 days as boss before resigning.
The BBC’s Simon Stone believes that the style of play Alexander ingrained in the team was not in keeping with the club’s owners vision, and that, along with a failure to beat a weakened Tranmere team this weekend, contirbuted to his removal as boss. Whilst Scholes is not thought to be a contender on a full-time basis, he will be in charge for the clash with port Vale this weekend.
Football fans have been having their say on the decision on the Ammies Twitter announcement, and it is fair to say it doesn’t seem to be universally accepted as a good move by the club. The pick of their responses can be found below.
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Disgraceful way to treat Alexander – typical morality that is sweeping English football at the moment though
— Lindsay Morris (@lindsaymo1978) October 12, 2020
Forget watford, this is the worst sacking of a manager I've ever seen.
— A (@axd000) October 12, 2020
Trust me will backfire reason players went there was him not big club at all
— Sports and football stats (Simon ) (@news_spr) October 12, 2020
I remember a time when Salford City were a decent, honest, well respected non league club. Today they are a plastic nonentity, with a plastic stadium, plastic fans and embarrassing owners who have turned the club into a circus!
— An Ordinary Man (@Marillionmark) October 12, 2020
Grezza is a very solid young manager, he will get another job easily and still go on to do well.
Still, it's a very poor thing from Salford & their 'owners' to do. Unbeaten in 5, just 3 points off top and 1 point of 2nd.. hope it backfires & it probably will.. Scholes is erratic
— Paul Barker (@Barkermush) October 12, 2020
What a weird decision. Unbeaten in the league but that's not apparently good enough. Keep throwing money at it it will all crash and burn in the end much like your website which appears to have crashed
— ???Barrie⚽⚽⚽ (@bazzau73) October 12, 2020
Should bring in Sven Goran Eriksson. He has experience managing a League 2 club with an unrealistic cash stream to promotion.
— Kieran L ?? (@kieran_shaker) October 12, 2020
5th place in the league? Doesn’t that represent a good start?
— johno (@johno660) October 12, 2020
What a joke of a club, his record speaks for itself.
Sooner Salford get their club back for these jokers the better.
— We Are Luton Town (@wearelutontown) October 12, 2020