Wellens had been hotly linked with the fourth-tier side ever since Salford sacked Graham Alexander three weeks ago. However, many of the Swindon faithful had remained confident that he would stay put given...
a) Swindon are in the league above
b) He led them to promotion last season
c) He’s repeatedly denied a switch would happen
“I don’t think my loyalty to this club should ever be put in question,” Wellens said two weeks ago. “What I will say is it is a fantastic job for anyone who goes in at Salford. The betting markets are very volatile so take no notice of them.”
Wellens now returns to the club he had a brief spell towards the end of his playing days, while he reunites with the Class of 92, with whom he trained with as a Man Utd youth player.
“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,” Wellens said upon his appointment.
“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.”
In terms of his managerial career, Wellens suffered relegation down to League Two with Oldham in his first job, however he bounced back with Swindon with whom he led to the League Two title in his first full season in charge (2019/20); playing an attractive brand of football.
The Robins have since experienced a mixed start back to life in League One, where they’ve won three and lost six of their nine games. But while they are dangling down in 20th, the club does have one/two games in hand.