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Gary Bowyer appointed Salford City Manager

The former Blackburn Rovers and Blackpool manager Gary Bowyer has agreed to become the new boss of Salford City until the end of the 2020-21 season. 

The 49-year-old is set to become Salford’s third manager of the campaign after Richie Wellens was sacked on Monday having been in charge for just four months.  

Wellens had led Salford to victory in the EFL Trophy 2019/20 final a little over a week ago, as they were able to overcome Portsmouth. It was his performances in the league, however, that proved the ex-Swindon manager’s undoing and prompted Gary Neville and ‘Class of 92’ to sack him.  

Bowyer is currently set to take charge of Salford’s remaining 11 games before returning to Derby to resume his role as their Under 23s boss.  He is going to be assisted by former Manchester United Coach Warren Joyce, who has also had spells as manager with Wigan Athletic and Melbourne City, and ex-Manchester United and Everton midfielder Darren Gibson.   

Following his appointment, Bowyer said: 

I’m delighted to be here, I’ve got to first and foremost thank Wayne Rooney, Darren Wassall at Derby County for being so helpful to allow me to come here. Obviously today is a case of meeting the players and setting the expectations of what we expect of them from now until the end of the season.

“We want them to be playing aggressive football both with and without the ball, and have a right good go at these remaining 11 games. We have an opportunity like everybody else in this league to try and force our way into the reckoning to try and get into the play offs and see if we can do that.”

During his playing days Bowyer played as a full back for Hereford United and Rotherham United, but he had to retire early due to injury.  He was, however, part of the successful Miller’s side who won the EFL Trophy in 1996.  

As a Manager, meanwhile, one of his main highlights so far has been winning promotion from League Two with Blackpool via the play-offs in 2017.  

Indeed, that is something that Neville and the Class of 92 will want Bowyer to emulate with their Salford side who are six points outside of the play-off places following there 2-0 loss to leaders Cheltenham Town.  His first game in charge will be against fellow play-off hopefuls Exeter City this weekend.  

Can Salford still achieve promotion to League One this season? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below….   

Will Portsmouth Retain the EFL Trophy?

Portsmouth travel to Wembley tomorrow to face Salford City in the delayed EFL Trophy Final from last year.

In a bizarre situation, due to the COVID- 19 Pandemic , Portsmouth face Salford City in the 2019/20 final and are looking to create history as being the first team to retain the Trophy.

In the previous final held at Wembley they beat Sunderland on penalties to win it for the first time.

The strange circumstance arouse because should Portsmouth win and create history it will stand for the briefest of times. This is due to the fact that on the following day the 2018/19 beaten finalists Sunderland face Tranmere in this year’s cup final. This is also set to be a League One v League Two affair.

Poor Run

Portsmouth, though favourites in many peoples eyes due to their: large fan base, fantastic support and history, come into this match on the back of very poor run of results.

They were top at Christmas time and in such a good run of form that for many automatic promotion was nailed on.

Since then, however, instead of scoring goals for fun Pompey have been shipping them in instead, though they still have a positive goal difference. Their current form highlights them as third bottom of League One and in addition, a minus six goal difference.

Add into the bargain that their manager Kenny Jacket is under pressure to turn their form around a fact he acknowledges.

But with a bit of food for thought, should Portsmouth lose then it is possible that Jacket may well choose to walk. This though would be out of character for him to do so during a season.

His past history shows that he usually stays with a club for an average of four years, then if the club aren’t progressing as he thinks they should, leaves at the end of the campaign.

Salford

Salford by comparison, are currently ninth in League Two.

On current form based on the last six matches, they sit 16th with a minus one goal difference.

Under the guidance of Richie Wellens they have done well this season. Though the owners of the club, which are the class of 92 no less, have made it very clear and plain that promotion this season is a must.

Whether that is achieved remains to be seen. So, Wellens is under pressure of a different sort going into the game with Salford massive underdogs.

Either way it promises to be a good game.

Who do you think will win? Give us your thoughts in the comments below…