Former Blackpool boss installed as early bookies' favourite to replace Richie Wellens as Salford City manager

Former Blackpool boss Gary Bowyer has been installed as the early bookies' favourite to replace Richie Wellens as Salford City's new boss.

Monday, 22nd March 2021, 7:50 pm
Updated Monday, 22nd March 2021, 9:02 pm

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Wellens, another former Seasider, was given the chop earlier today after just five months in charge.

The 40-year-old's exit comes little more than a week after Salford won the delayed 2020 EFL Trophy final at Wembley.

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"Salford City Football Club has parted company with Richie Wellens by mutual consent," the club said in a statement.

"We would like to thank Richie for his time and efforts at the club and wish him well for the future.

"An announcement about a new manager will be made in due course.

"There will be no further comment."

Wellens has been sacked after just five months in the hotseat

Wellens left Swindon in October to join the League Two club, where he won 12 and lost nine of his 30 games in charge.

Saturday's defeat to leaders Cheltenham Town left Salford, who are co-owned by Gary Neville and the 'Class of 92', six points outside the play-offs.

Having sacked Graham Alexander to pave the way for Wellens' arrival at the Peninsula Stadium, Salford are now looking for their third manager of the season.

Bowyer has been installed as the overwhelming early bookies' favourite.

The 49-year-old, who guided Blackpool to promotion via the League Two play-offs in 2017, is currently involved with Derby County's Under-23 side.

His last managerial post came at Bradford City, which ended in February 2020 despite the Bantams sitting in eighth and just a point adrift of the play-offs.

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