Gary Neville quits Salford City as Nicky Butt becomes new CEO

Ex-Manchester United legend and pundit Gary Neville has walked away from his role at Salford City, after eight years.

In 2014, the two-time Champions League winner joined forces with his Class of ’92 teammates to take over the club.

Subsequently, Salford has reached League 2, with the squad desperately fighting for a place in the playoffs.

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But, the 47-year-old currently has a lot going on. Including his punditry work for Sky Sports and his rapidly expanding business empire.

Therefore, with so much on his plate, the Old Trafford hero released a statement explaining his decision to move on.

Neville moves on from Salford

According to The Mirror, Neville said: “As the club has developed with such pace it needs someone who can concentrate on the club and be there every day,”


“Nicky is the ideal candidate to do this,” he continued. “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 be able to sit back and enjoy the game on match days, safe in the knowledge that it is in good hands. I’d like to thank Peter Lim and the other lads for everything they’ve done, all the staff, on and off the pitch, that I have worked with for your commitment and dedication and the fans who have been with us from the beginning.”

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Nicky Butt takes the reins of Salford City

Neville has stressed the club is in “good hands”, with Butt stepping in to fill the vacancy.

Butt is a former Manchester United midfielder and already a core member of the ownership group.

In addition, he further cemented his legacy at the club by taking charge of the under-23s.


In a statement, Butt revealed how excited he is to take on this new challenge.

He said: “I am delighted and welcome this opportunity, this pressure, this responsibility. The Club, staff, team and fans are everything and what makes this Club special, and why we fell in love with the Club all those years ago.

“I accept the responsibility that brings, 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.”


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