‘Deluded’, ‘Farce’ – Fans react as former Swindon Town man loses his L2 job

Salford City manager Richie Wellens has lost his job after just 138 days in charge of the Lancashire side.

It comes just nine days after he led them to their first-ever major trophy as they beat Portsmouth, but neither manager from the afternoon is now in work, as Kenny Jackett left Portsmouth immediately afterwards. A losing manager you can understand going, but Wellens has paid the price not for winning a trophy, but for failing in the league.

Last weekend’s defeat against high-flying Cheltenham left them six points off the League Two play-off spots, and he was forced to tear into his players after watching their warm-up. “I’ve never watched our warm-up but I watched it today because our changing rooms, obviously they’ve moved them, so you can see the warm-up,” he said. “Our warm-up I’m not happy with at all. I said to Warren Joyce when they came in if the game was won on the warm-up, we’re already beat, it was a shambles so I’ll be looking into that.”

He won’t be looking into it though, instead, he’ll be persuing the ‘situations vacant‘ section of his local paper whilst the club hunt a new manager. It does seem harsh on Wellens, who has now won two trophies in as many seasons, after leading Swindon to the League Two title last season.

Salford’s club statement read: “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.”

As you would expect, fans of other clubs have taken the news with the usual sarcasm and disgust. Salford are no looking for their third manager of the season, having also sacked Graham Alexander despite him putting them fifth in the table earlier in the season, and being undefeated.

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