With the recent news that Salford City manager Graham Alexander has been let go from the club and replaced with former Manchester United player and Ammies co-owner Paul Scholes, the decision left fans of the Ammies with mixed feelings.
Dave Farrar, lifelong fan of Salford City spoke on Alexander’s departure saying: “Initially I was gobsmacked, but the week before I put on the Red Ammies forum that if Alexander didn’t win on Saturday, the owners would start getting twitchy and lo and behold, they did.”
Salford City are currently 5th in SkyBet League Two and have lost none of their games so far this season season, leaving some fans wondering where the decision has come from.
Mr. Farrar said: “On the surface, it looks like a knee jerk reaction but there must be underlying factors.
“I don’t know about a falling out with the board room, he doesn’t strike me as that sort of guy, but the fact there’s only been two wins in 15 home league games, I think his card was marked.”
Despite no losses, some fans and pundits have criticised Alexander’s playing style for not matching expectations.
Mr. Farrar said: “Fans want to see attractive, winning football at home. I think that’s a given, though people would have accepted winning at home and getting the points.
We haven’t seen attractive football, apart from the first half against Tranmere bizarrely. I think if they’d been playing like that all the time, there wouldn’t be that many problems.”
With Paul Scholes’ only previous managing experience being with Oldham Athletic for 31 days with only one win in seven games, fans have been wondering whether he will be able to adequately fill Alexanders’ place temporarily and who the new permanent manager will be.
“I believe Warren Joyce would have been given the job straight away if he’d not been self-isolating and my belief is he will be given the job,” Mr. Farrar added.
“He’s managed Wigan and Hull before, he’s got a lot of experience, he’s been at the club a couple of years now, why wouldn’t he be picked?”
Despite the change in management, Farrah remains confident the team will succeed: “We all believe we’ll get to league one this season, no problem.”