Salford City

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Round 13

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2021/2022

Salford City

In


Tom King (Goalkeeper, Newport County); Zach Jeacock (Goalkeeper, Birmingham City, Season-long loan); Liam Shephard (Defender, Newport County); Josh Morris (Midfielder, Fleetwood Town); Matt Lund (Midfielder, Rochdale); Conor McAleny (Attacker, Oldham Athletic)

Out


Václav Hladký (r) (Goalkeeper, Ipswich Town); Dan Jones (Defender, Port Vale); Di’Shon Bernard (r) (Defender, Manchester United, Loan ended); Oscar Threlkeld (sp) (Defender, released); Tom Clarke (r) (Defender, Fleetwood Town); Tom James (Defender, Hibernian, Loan ended); Alex Doyle (Midfielder, released); Bruno Andrade (Midfielder, released); Darron Gibson (Midfielder, released); George Boyd (Midfielder, released); Paul Coutts (r) (Midfielder, Fleetwood Town, Loan ended); Richie Towell (r) (Midfielder, Shamrock Rovers); Robbie Gotts (r) (Midfielder, Leeds United, Loan ended); Dan Hawkins (Attacker, Finn Harps); Emmanuel Dieseruvwe (sp) (Attacker, Tranmere Rovers); James Wilson (sp) (Attacker, Port Vale); Luke Armstrong (Attacker, Harrogate Town)

Gary Bowyer is the latest man to be given the poisoned chalice of leading Salford City up the football pyramid. Reaching the Football League was just the start for the ambitious club, famously owned by members of the Manchester United Class of ’92. Moor Lane is no Old Trafford though and the first two seasons in League Two have ended in failure, with the play-offs alluding them on both occasions. The last campaign was something of a mess and Bowyer was unable to clean up after succeeding Richie Wellens as manager. He has been quick however to get rid of a whole host of players he inherited, including strikers James Wilson and Luke Armstrong. Defender Tom Clarke and midfielder Richie Towell have also moved on with several loanees returning to their parent clubs. The biggest blow has been the departure of goalkeeper Václav Hladký, who was outstanding in his one and only season at Moor Lane, and has signed for League One side Ipswich Town. Tom King has the unenviable task of replacing him following an up-and-down year at Newport County. Bowyer looks to have made good additions in full-back Liam Shephard, also from Newport County, and midfielders Josh Morris and Matt Lund, who were both playing in League One with Fleetwood Town and Rochdale last season. Striker Conor McAleny enjoyed a fruitful campaign with Oldham Athletic and could forge a potent front three alongside strikers Brandon Asante-Thomas and Ian Henderson.

Target


Automatic promotion. The Ammies will have one of the biggest budgets in the division and Bowyer will be expected to deliver a top three finish.

Season Review
2020/2021

№8: Salford City

This wasn’t the way the script was written for the season as Salford City’s play-off hopes were dashed. With such a high-profile co-owner in Gary Neville, and the associated financial resources, expectations at Moor Lane are sky high. Graham Alexander’s sacking after just five games shocked many and the Ammies never seemed to recover. Richie Wellens, a former Manchester United trainee, didn’t need much enticing from League One Swindon Town, but struggled to get to grips with the job and exciting performances were the exception rather than the norm. They could boast the best defensive record in the division and had the best goalkeeper in the league in Vaclav Hladky. They also had a lethal marksman in the experienced Ian Henderson, who bagged 18 goals. Yet the team never really gelled and result were disappointing, especially on the road. There was success in the EFL Trophy as they beat League One Portsmouth on penalties in the final at Wembley. It still wasn’t enough to save Wellens, who lasted barely six months. Gary Bowyer was given the task of securing a play-off place with eleven league matches left to play. He won six of them but it wasn’t enough as they missed out by just two points. Salford City have come a long way in a short space of time but they need some continuity if they are to be successful in the future.


Player of the Season: Vaclav Hladky

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