Paul Scholes, Warren Joyce or Richie Wellens: What’s the latest in Salford City’s search for a new manager?

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 02 November 2020, 14:07

It’s now been three weeks since Salford City sacked Graham Alexander.

At the time the decision took many by surprise; a reaction that has since turned into pure bemusement as the League Two club have still not named a replacement in the dugout, or given any indication about what path they wish to take.

In the aftermath of Alexander's exit, Paul Scholes took over in an interim capacity and while he lost his opening match - Salford’s first league loss of the season - the former Oldham boss has since taken seven points from his following three games at the helm.

“I’m enjoying this until we find the right person to do it,” Scholes told Andy Mitten over the weekend.

“Me and my staff – Warren Joyce, Chris Casper and Carlo [Nash] – need to make sure this team is in a position to be challenging for the play offs and promotion. 

“That’s where we think a club with this quality of players should be, but the players have to perform here. Since I’ve been here, they’ve played some really good football.”

Scholes was cut from 25/1 to 7/2 following Salford’s win over his old employers on Saturday, yet the club’s co-owner now finds himself back out at 20/1 in the next Salford City manager market.

The main reason for this is the elevation of Warren Joyce into the hot favourite for the permanent post at the Peninsula Stadium.

Joyce, who has previously managed Melbourne City, Wigan, Royal Antwerp and Man Utd reserves, can now be found as short as 1/5 (William Hill).

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Will Paul Scholes get the permanent job?

Joyce’s current role as Salford’s Development Squad manager means he plays a pivotal part in introducing younger players into the senior set-up, and if Salford do decide to appoint from within then he seems a more logical candidate than Scholes, with whom he’s been helping out since he returned from self-isolation.

Although, there’s reason to believe that Scholes is getting a real taste for management after going unbeaten in his last three games: Could he now play a part in appointing himself on a full-time basis?

Swindon Town boss Richie Wellens had previously been the frontrunner for the last two weeks - he was as short as 1/3 for the position - and while he can still be found at 9/2 in the betting, it appears that a managerial move down the league ladder is becoming increasingly unlikely.

Paul Cook and Roy Keane have been floating around the market since day one - and have each been favourite for the post at one point or another - however, they can now be found at 16/1 and 25/1 respectively.

Another out-of-work boss who has received attention is Danny Cowley, but like the aforementioned Cook and Keane, you’d think an appointment would have happened by now.

Unfortunately, we have been starved of news from Salford, but for the time being it’s Joyce that seems to be the most likely appointment.

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