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When duty calls: Scholes and Neville took temporary charge of Salford this afternoon

The non-league outfit sacked their management team on Friday.

Looking on intently.
Looking on intently.
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WHEN PAUL SCHOLES and Phil Neville, along with their former team-mates Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville and Nicky Butt, bought Salford City earlier this year, it’s unlikely they would envisaged having such a hands-on role.

After the club sacked manager Phil Power and his assistant on Friday, the co-owners stepped in to take the reigns for the Evo-Stik Division One North clash against Kendal Town this afternoon.

It wasn’t so long ago that the former Manchester United duo were part of the coaching staff at Old Trafford. Neville, who was David Moyes’ deputy, hasn’t had a role since but made an unexpected return to the dugout today.

And, the pair masterminded a 2-1 win to ensure Salford remained third in the league.

The Class of ’92 agreed a deal to purchase the non-league club back in March and have targeted promotion, not just to the Football League, but the second-tier of English football within 15 years.

Both Scholes and Neville have been engaged in television work this season but it remains to be seen if today was a once-off or whether they’ll try and guide Salford to promotion themselves.

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