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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…

FA CUP MATCH PREVIEW: Newport County v salford city

Cup games hold special memories in recent years for Newport. In the 2018 FA Cup Leeds United were beaten at Rodney Parade, before Tottenham were held in the next round. In 2019 Leicester City were beaten 2-1 in the FA Cup third round. After a draw at the Riverside, Middlesbrough were knocked out by two goals to nil. Manchester City were the next visitors to South Wales, but County fell to a 4-1 loss.

Newport have been at the giant killing act again this season in the EFL cup. Swansea and Watford have both lost to Newport, while Newcastle needed penalties to get past the League Two side.

Salford are looking to make the FA Cup third round for the first time. Its only the second time City have made the second round after being knocked out by Hartlepool in a replay in 2016.

Recent Form

This all League affair sees leaders Newport play 7th placed Salford for a place in the hat for round three. Newport beat Leyton Orient by 2-1 in Round One away. While Salford needed extra-time to beat Hartlepool by two goals to nil.

Newport have lost just one of their last eight league games. Their last match was a 1-1 draw with Walsall both goals coming in the first half. Prior to this they won 1-0 against Port Vale with a 96 minute winner from 41 year old Kevin Ellison.

Salford, meanwhile, head to south Wales on the back of two wins. A first half blitz saw a 3-0 win over Bradford City. Two late first half goals from Ashley Hunter was enough for a 2-1 over Morecambe.

Managers Thoughts

Newport boss Mike Flynn is hoping that his side’s cup runs won’t impact their league form as they have in past seasons:

“It’s going to be hectic and hopefully we come through unscathed with a lot of points and the third round of the FA Cup to look forward to.

“It’s always tough at this level and Lennie Lawrence (former County management consultant) would always say that cup success means league failure.

“I didn’t believe him at first but the more we did that, the more it happened. We’ve got a better squad this season so I am hoping that we might get away with both.

“Looking back it did affect our league form, 100 percent. It’s the injuries we picked up, the travelling, the excitement around the big games.”

“They have an unbelievable squad for this level and have spent big to bring in quality. They should be one of the favourites for the league, quite comfortably really.

“They will be a handful because they have pace, creativity, solid defenders. They have a big squad to choose from and there are players there who are on a fortune.”

Salford manager Richie Wellens also spoke ahead of the game saying it’s likely there’ll be changes to the side given the hectic schedule:

“I think with the games we’ve got coming up, we’ve got two away games after this against Carlisle and Barrow, and especially with a Wednesday-Saturday, which is not ideal if I’m being honest, it gives us an opportunity to give a few of the lads who played in the last game at Rochdale an opportunity to play while some of our experienced players we’re trying to look further down the line and we’ll make sure we’ll give them a little bit of a rest this weekend.

“It means we can get home quicker so in terms of when the players are having their evening meal and are going back to bed they can, it’s not really changing their body clock.

“We’ll give the young players a chance to improve in a bit more of a competitive environment than Rochdale was and then it’s up to the young players to take their chance. Irrespective of what team Newport pick I’m looking to get a good performance from them and get to the third round.”

Key Players

For County Josh Sheehan can pull the strings in the midfield. Having a Whoscored.com pass completion of 83.1%. the midfielders good performances for Newport have not gone unnoticed as he was called up to the Wales squad for the last international window. He made his debut as a half time sub against the USA. He has also got one goal so far this season.

Salford forward James Wilson is the highest rated Salford player on Whoscored.com with an overall rating of 7.3. With five goals from his 12 appearances this season. Starting in the last round it’s likely he’ll be called on for the visit to Newport.

Prediction; Newport County 2-1 Salford City

Even without the fans Rodney Parade is a fortress for Newport especially in Cup games. Newport will be out to win this to set up a possible big FA Cup tie in South Wales once again.

Paul Scholes returns to Management

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes is to take temporary charge of Salford City following the surprise departure of manager Graham Alexander. 

Scholes currently co-owns the League Two side with his former Red Devil teammates: Gary and Phil Neville, David Beckham, Ryan Giggs and Nicky Butt. 

It is the second time Scholes has entered the career of management. His first was a 31-day stint in charge of Oldham Athletic last year, but he resigned citing interference from the owner.

In a club statement, Salford City said:

“Paul Scholes will act as the interim head coach while the club looks to secure a new manager.” 

Salford City informed Alexander of their decision on Monday morning and leaves the club fifth in League Two with two wins in five matches this season. They are currently unbeaten so far this campaign.

His last game in charge was Salford’s 2-2 draw with Tranmere Rovers, City were leading 2-0 and on course for a comfortable win, however, two goals from Rovers in the final five minutes, which ensured Alexander’s team dropped two crucial points.  

The Club Statement continued to say:

“Salford City Football Club announces that manager Graham Alexander has left the club with immediate effect.  

“The club met with Graham this morning and after discussion have agreed to part company.”

Alexander enjoyed a largely successful spell with the club, having guided them to promotion to League Two in his first full season in charge and he managed them to the Leasing.com Trophy final in the 2019-20 campaign.  Salford only, however, managed an 11thplace finish in the League.

First team, coach, Chris Lucketti, also will leave the side. 

The club concluded by saying:

“The club would like to wish him all the best and success in the future.” 

How do you think Scholes will get on with his latest spell in management?

EFL OPENING WEEKEND ROUNDUP

Whilst the eyes of the football world focused mainly on Liverpool against Leeds and Chelsea’s new look squad, under the radar dotted around the UK the English Football pyramid also began the 2020/21 campaign this weekend in earnest.

Here is your roundup of all the goings on and everything you need to know!

Championship

All three relegated clubs kicked off their season with wins as they all look to bounce back at the first time of asking. Norwich striker Adam Idah grabbed an 80th minute winner away against Huddersfield Town, whilst an early Craig Cathcart strike was enough to give Watford an opening day victory against Middlesbrough.

A Bournemouth side under new management after Eddie Howe’s departure got themselves entangled in a classic with Blackburn Rovers, the Cherries running out eventual 3-2 winners thanks to a late goal from Arnaut Danjuma.

Last seasons play-off final runners-up Brentford lost their opening day clash away at Birmingham City. Swansea City who made the play-offs semi-finals in dramatic fashion kicked off their season with an impressive away win at Preston North End, Wolves loanee Morgan Gibbs-White with the only goal.

Other Results

Wycombe Wanderers 0-1 Rotherham United, Barnsley 0-1 Luton Town, Milwall 0-0 Stoke City, Cardiff City 0-2 Sheffield Wednesday, Bristol City 2-1 Coventry, QPR 2-0 Nottingham Forest, Derby County 0-2 Reading.

League One

There was plenty of goals around League One as Sunderland began another season in the third tier with a 1-1 draw at home to Bristol Rovers.

Ipswich Town kicked off what they hope will be a successful season with a 2-0 win against Wigan with Teddy Edwards and Gwion Edwards on the scoresheet, whilst Swindon Town were perhaps most impressive on the day as they ran out 3-1 winners against Rochdale.

Northampton Town and AFC Wimbledon played out a 2-2 draw at Sixfields Stadium with all four goals coming in the first half.

Other Results

Lincoln City 2-0 Oxford United, Doncaster Rovers 1-1 MK Dons, Gillingham 0-2 Hull City, Portsmouth 0-0 Shrewsbury Town, Fleetwood Town 2-1 Burton Albion, Plymouth Argyle 1-0 Blackpool Town, Accrington Stanley 2-0 Peterborough, Crewe Alexandra 0-2 Charlton Athletic.

League Two

The story of the day in League Two came at Roots Hall, but it wasn’t for Southend United. Instead Harrogate Town in their first ever football league game ran out 4-0 winners with a Jack Muldoon brace at the heart of the victory.

Cambridge United went second just a goal behind the newcomers as they beat Carlisle United 3-0 at home. Manchester United legend owned Salford City drew 2-2 with Exeter City.

Morecambe left it very late as they crept past Cheltenham Town, a 92nd minute winner from Carlos Mendes Gomes giving the Shrimps all three points in a 2-1 first day win.

Other Results

Scunthorpe United 1-1 Newport County, Oldham Athletic 0-1 Leyton Orient, Barrow 1-1 Stevenage, Bolton Wanderers 0-1 Forest Green, Port Vale 2-0 Crawley Town, Mansfield Town 0-0 Tranmere Rovers, Walsall 1-0 Grimsby, Bradford City 0-0 Colchester United.

With Carabao Cup action this midweek the EFL ties will begin again on Friday night with Coventry v QPR in the Championship.