Gary Neville QUITS role as Salford City chief executive

Gary Neville QUITS role as Salford City CEO with former Man United captain handing over reins to Nicky Butt after eight years, feeling ‘safe in the knowledge that it is in good hands’

  • Former Manchester United man remains a co-owner with Nicky Butt taking over
  • Gary Neville said in a statement that the club needs somebody’s full attention
  • Salford City released a statement on Monday evening announcing the news

Nicky Butt is to take over from fellow co-owner Gary Neville as chief executive of Salford, the League Two club have announced.

Neville took on the role on a part-time basis after he and former Manchester United ‘Class of 92’ team-mates Butt, Phil Neville, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs purchased the club along with Singaporean businessman Peter Lim eight years ago.

Since the acquisition, the club have risen from the Northern Premier League First Division North – the eighth tier of English football – to reach the League ranks and ex-team-mate David Beckham has joined them as an investor.

Gary Neville has resigned from his role as chief executive with Nicky Butt set to take over

Neville, who has numerous other interests including a successful media career, is now stepping away from the day-to-day running of the club to allow Butt to take over as full-time CEO.

Butt, 47, left his role as head of first-team development at United last year.

Neville said: ‘I have enjoyed my eight years and can’t believe how much we have achieved in that time, and how proud I am of the hard work everyone at the club has put in to make a dream we had whilst on a train turn into a reality.

‘I will now be able to sit back and enjoy the game on match days safe in the knowledge that it is in good hands.’

Butt resigned his role as head of first-team development at Manchester United last year having been involved in coaching at the club for nine years

Butt said: ‘I am delighted and welcome this opportunity, this pressure, this responsibility. 

‘I accept the responsibility of the long-term vision, whilst concentrating on the short-term goals and what is needed now, and will work hard to take the club to where we believe it can be.’ 

Salford said: ‘The Club has seen a huge jump from being a semi-professional club to a professional club and with that progression comes change. 

Neville is notable for having a number of pursuits and has renounced his mind Salford role after eight years

‘Clear structures and roles across the whole club are needed to develop and grow and with a full time CEO in place we can professionalise the club further and strengthen the off field performances at an important time.

‘It has always been the intention for the Class of ’92 to take senior roles to build and grow the club, and the time to do that is now. 

‘Nicky spent nine years at Manchester United post-playing in various coaching roles before finally leaving as head of first team development at Manchester United in 2021.

‘Since then he has actively been helping and supporting the Club with his experience and knowledge. With all our support, Nicky is ideally placed to lead Salford City Football Club with great energy and focus through this next chapter.’

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