Neville accused of hypocrisy after sacking Salford's Richie Wellens

Gary Neville accused of hypocrisy by Jamie Carragher and angry fans after calling for managers to get ‘2-3 years to build a team’ and ‘time to work’ only for the Class of ’92 owners to sack Salford City boss Richie Wellens after just four months in charge

  • Salford City have sacked manager Richie Wellens due to their poor league form
  • Defeat at Cheltenham last weekend saw them drop six points off play-off places
  • It comes just nine days after Wellens led the club to EFL Trophy glory at Wembley
  • Salford’s owners have been accused of not giving Wellens enough time in charge
  • Jamie Carragher tweeted a Gary Neville quote, saying managers need 2-3 years 

Jamie Carragher has led the condemnation of Salford City’s sacking of Richie Wellens, posting an old quote from co-owner Gary Neville where he demanded managers be given time to succeed.

Salford axed Wellens on Monday afternoon after last weekend’s defeat at Cheltenham, which left them six points off the League Two play-off spots.

It came just nine days after Wellens – who was in charge of Salford for just four months – led them to EFL Trophy glory against Portsmouth at Wembley.

Gary Neville has been accused of hypocrisy after axing Salford boss Richie Wellens on Monday

Jamie Carragher tweeted this quote from Neville where he even demanded a rule change to give managers time to work

A United account tweeted Neville pictures of a story where he said managers ‘need to be given time to work’ and the story of Salford sacking Wellens

Fans were also left angry and demanded Salford ‘stop f***ing about changing the manager!’

But Neville and the Class of ’92 ownership, who knew Wellens from his time with Manchester United, were unhappy with their side’s league form and took the decision to sack him.

They have since been criticised by pundits and fans alike for getting rid of Wellens and were accused of hypocrisy for not giving him enough time. 

Neville’s Sky Sports colleague Carragher was among those to take a swipe as he posted an old quote from the ex-Manchester United defender where he demanded managers be given more time.

Neville’s quote read: ‘The scary thing is that a large % of people now actually support these sackings as they’ve become accustomed to it… How can you build a football team without getting 2-3 years.

‘A rule change is required to moderate sackings of managers mid season in their first year at a club.’

Carragher also compared Neville and his other Salford co-owners to former Atletico Madrid president Jesus Gil, who was famous for showing a lack of mercy towards coaches.

Supporters were also up in arms over the treatment of Wellens with United-themed account Red Issue tweeting Neville pictures of two articles: one where he says managers ‘need to be given time’ and another of Salford’s sacking Wellens.


Carragher also compared Neville to former Atletico Madrid president Jesus Gil, who was famous for showing a lack of mercy towards coaches

@SalfordWalshy posted: ‘This is getting embarrassing @GNev2! Stop f***king about changing the manger every ten mins! We won a cup last weekend and yeah struggled a little lately in the league but show faith and have patience. You want too much, too soon’ with an angry emoji.

@Jon_Harris tweeted: ‘You need to stop this obsession with getting promotion every season. No-one is going to want the job. Any new manager for you is on a hiding to nothing from day 1. You need to look more long term and give people time.’ 

Another fan cited Neville’s please with Manchester United to give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to work, only to not show the same faith with his own manager.

They said: ‘Next time Gary’s on Sky saying how a manager should get more time, he should take a look in the mirror first’. Another followed up with: ‘Think it’s safe to say if they were in charge at United, Ole would have been long gone by now’.

@FANDC_HUB wrote: ‘Swear @GNev2 is the bloke who always goes on about giving managers time (specifically Ole). Practice what you preach’. 

@Jimi_Dyer added: ‘When will clubs realise just sacking managers all the time didn’t bring success. They need stability to get a way of playing get the team they want in. Ridiculous’.  

L to R: Salford’s ownership group of David Beckham, Gary Neville, Peter Lim, Nicky Butt and Ryan Giggs were not happy with their faltering promotion push

Wellens led Salford to EFL Trophy glory earlier this month and was given four months in charge

According to The Sun, Wellens held ‘showdown talks’ with Neville before he was later relieved of his duties.

Neville held talks with the squad and coaching staff over their league form earlier this month but then watched on as Salford lost at Cheltenham by going down 2-0 thanks to goals by Sean Long and Liam Sercombe. 

A club statement read: ‘Salford City Football Club has parted company with Richie Wellens by mutual consent.

‘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.’

Salford are now looking for a third manager this season after also parting company with Graham Alexander in October. 

Salford next face fellow promotion-hopefuls Exeter City on Saturday at St James Park. 

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