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Salford City have confirmed that Gary Bowyer has been sacked as manager – leaving co-owner Gary Neville to search for his fourth boss in two years.
Bowyer, who signed a two-year contract last May, guided the Ammies to a 10th-place finish in League Two but he was relieved of his duties on Tuesday afternoon.
A statement on the club’s official read: ‘Salford City Football Club announces the departure of first team manager Gary Bowyer from the Peninsula Stadium.
Salford City have sacked Gary Bowyer as manager after just one year in charge at the club
Salford co-owner Gary Neville is now searching for his fourth manager in just two years
The League Two side confirmed that Bowyer’s contract had been terminated on Tuesday
‘A meeting was held earlier today and the club has made the decision to terminate Gary Bowyer’s contract along with assistant manager Billy Barr.
‘The club would like to thank Gary and Billy for their hard work over the last season, and we wish them all the best for their future roles within football.
‘An announcement regarding the role of first team manager will be made in due course.’
Bowyer is now the third boss to have been sacked by Neville at Salford in two years, following Graham Alexander and Richie Wellens out the door.
Alexander, who helped delivered the club promotion to League Two, was sacked in October 2020 – a decision Neville later admitted to regretting.
Bowyer, who signed a two-year deal last May, guided Salford to a 10th-place finish this season
‘Last season, Graham Alexander should never have left this club. He should never have left, I should never have made that decision that I made,’ Neville said.
‘It goes against everything that I believe in and that’s what owning a football club does to you, it takes you to that place where you do things that you don’t believe you ever would do.’
Alexander’s successor Wellens only lasted four months in the role before being sacked – which also came a week after winning the EFL Trophy.
Jamie Carragher led the condemnation of Wellens’ sacking last year, with the Liverpool legend aiming a jibe at his fellow Sky Sports pundit about how long Bowyer was going to last.
‘Hours or days before @GNev2 sacks Gary Bowyer,’ Neville was asked by Carragher on Twitter, before later thinking better of it and the tweet was deleted.
After Wellens was sacked, Carragher also posted an old quote from co-owner Neville where he demanded managers be given time to succeed.
Salford’s Class of ’92 ownership group (Paul Scholes and Neville, left to right) have been criticised for their management approach
Neville’s quote, re-shared by Carragher, 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.’
Carragher also compared Neville and his other Salford co-owners to former Atletico Madrid president Jesus Gil, who was famous for showing a lack of mercy towards coaches.
The news of Bowyer’s sacking also comes weeks after Neville defended pumping millions into the club despite huge losses revealed this month – and claimed that there is no financial pressure on the team to get promoted.
Neville has made a huge investment in Salford alongside fellow United legends David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, brother Phil and billionaire Peter Lim – overseeing a run of four promotions in five years to help them reach the Football League.
Jamie Carragher has been a vocal critic of Neville’s ownership style at Salford City
Carragher tweeted this quote from Neville where he even demanded a rule change to give managers time to work, insisting managers need ‘2 to 3 years’ to establish their work
Carragher also compared Neville to former Atletico Madrid president Jesus Gil, who was famous for showing a lack of mercy towards coaches, in one of his recent tweets on the topic
But after three seasons in League Two, it has been announced that Project 92 Limited – the company run by the himself and his fellow United legends – lost more than £4.7m last year, equating to around £91,000 per week.
Neville has stood by his massive investment and said the owners were all ‘comfortable’ with what they were putting in and have only used the money they have – insisting they still believed in the cause.
‘We’ve invested enormous amounts of money in the last seven or eight years. But it’s all myself, David, Ryan, Paul, Nicky, Phil and Peter.
‘Peter owns 50 per cent, we own 50 per cent. We’ve put lots of money in ourselves. We’ve chosen to do that. I’m not against owner funding. We put it in at the start of the season. The club is obviously robust in that sense.
‘We only spend the money that we have. It is a lot of money to lose but we’ve come up from step eight and had to spend millions and millions of pounds on this stadium. And we knew that was going to happen at the very beginning. We do one day long for sustainability at the club.
Neville insisted there was ‘no financial pressure’ getting promoted after a run of four promotions in five seasons previously
‘But we’re trying to build a fanbase in a city that’s not had a Football League club ever. It’s new to us.’
He said the drive of investing in their local football club was something that made their efforts worth it and insisted there was ‘no financial pressure’ to get promoted, saying missing out was just a ‘sporting disappointment’.
‘We could spend our money on other things. If we were driving fancy cars and doing all sorts of things with our money people might complain as well. But we’ve put it into our local football club and it’s significant capital from ourselves, the class of ’92.’
‘The money that we put in is manageable between the seven of us. We’re comfortable with our position. There’s no financial pressure (to get promoted), but there is sporting disappointment.’