Richie Wellens has returned to Salford City after being appointed as the League Two club’s new manager.
The 40-year-old, who scored once in nine appearances for the then National League North outfit in 2016, replaces Graham Alexander, who was sacked last month and replaced on an interim basis by Paul Scholes.
It is a welcome return to Moor Lane for Wellens, who played for The Ammies in the National League North in 2016 and scored once in nine appearances.
Since then he had a spell in charge of Oldham Athletic in 2017-18 before becoming manager at Swindon in November 2018, leading them back up to League One last season, and now he is eager to repeat that achievement and more with The Ammies:
“It’s a Club that everybody takes great interest in because of the profile of the Club, it’s a Club on the up and I’m a manager that wants to win games. Coming to Salford is an opportunity to win week in, week out, and it’s a fantastic opportunity for me to take the Club to where they want to be.
“The Club has had unbelievable success in the last six years with Bern and Jonno winning promotions and Graham Alexander getting them into the Football League, and I’m looking forward to continuing that success.
“Promotions at this level are more difficult, but the rewards are greater and I believe in continuing that success as well as giving the Club an identity and style that reflects the people of Salford.”
Co-owner Gary Neville added:
“Richie is someone we know well from Manchester United and his previous spell here.
“He has success at this level after winning the League Two title with Swindon Town last season, and his philosophy to play attacking football is what we want to bring fans at The Peninsula Stadium.
“We look forward to achieving success together.”