Salford City have confirmed the departure of men’s first team Head Coach, Neil Wood, following a damning home defeat. 

The announcement comes as Salford were beaten by Tranmere Rovers 1-5 at Moor Lane on Boxing Day, a Tranmere side who had not won away since February.

In a statement released today, the club said that “Salford City Football Club announce the departure of Head Coach Neil Wood.

The Club would like to thank Neil for his hard work over the last 18 months, including leading the Club to our highest-ever finish in Sky Bet League Two last season, and we wish him well in his future role within football.

The process of appointing a new Manager will commence immediately, with Assistant Coach Simon Wiles preparing the team for Friday’s game against Grimsby Town.”

The Ammies have been blighted by injuries for much of this season and have struggled to get out of second gear.

Their loss to Tranmere, combined with other results across the country meant they sat just six points outside of the relegation zone going in to their next game against Grimsby Town on the 29th of December.

Even despite the injuries, Salford’s form had been abysmal. Their last league win coming away at Doncaster on October 24th, nine weeks on and Salford have scored more than one goal in a league game just once in their 2-4 loss to MK Dons.

Salford have struggled for goals, with the only man at the Peninsula to have hit double figures in all competitions being Matt Smith, nine more than the next highest scorer, Matty Lund (six goals.)

In order to find Salford’s last home league win, you would need to trawl back to October 7th, a 4-2 win over Crewe Alexandra, with the last three points coming away to Doncaster Rovers on October 24.

Wood will be remembered fondly for Salford’s playoff push last season which saw the Ammies just a few spot kicks away from the playoff finals and a day out at Wembley.

However, Salford’s shocking loss to Tranmere came off of the back of an almost equally poor loss away at Colchester United and with Salford’s owners aims of promotion to the third division, they were forced in to action by the poor results.

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