By Dylan Childs

3rd Nov, 2020 | 12:08pm

Exclusive: Salford City set to appoint Richie Wellens as manager

Salford City are poised to appoint Swindon boss Richie Wellens as their new manager, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.

The 40-year-old, who in February signed a new three-year deal at Swindon, has emerged as the preferred choice to take over from caretaker manager Paul Scholes.

A source at Moor Lane has told Football Insider that talks are at an advanced stage between the two clubs and that an agreement is imminent.

Salford sacked Graham Alexander from his manager’s post last month, despite the club’s unbeaten start to the 2020/21 League Two campaign.

Part-owner and former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes was placed in interim charge and has picked up seven points from a possible 12.

The Ammies currently sit ninth in the table but hold a game in hand over the teams above them.

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Wellens, who spent a brief spell at Salford as a player in 2016, has been identified as the man to lead the club up the Football League.

He won the League Two title while in charge of Swindon last term and has won three of his eight games in League One this season.

He also managed Oldham Athletic for the majority of the 2017/18 campaign, averaging 1.35 points-per-game from his 43 matches in charge.

Salford City are co-owned by Scholes, Gary and Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, Nicky Butt and Singapore billionaire Peter Lim.

This is only their second season in the Football League having won promotion in 2019 by via the National League play-offs.

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