Salford City – the club owned by David Beckham, Ryan Giggs and other ex-Manchester United players – is not enjoying its best spell. The Ammies are currently sitting 21st in League Two with 23 points after 23 games, a significant downturn in results after finishing in play-off spots last term.
Thus, on the back of eight winless matches in League Two, Salford City announced the sacking of manager Neil Wood on December 27. The search for the next coach is already underway but there have been no reliable rumours in the media regarding a successor. However, the next Salford City manager odds may hint at the options that are available at the moment.
Salford City Next Manager Betting List
Paul Ince, another important figure in the history of Manchester United, is topping the Salford City next manager odds. Meanwhile, the Ammies have a match against Grimsby Town scheduled for December 29, and former assistant Simon Wiles will take charge of the team on an interim basis.
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Like many important names within the Salford City structure, Paul Ince has a history with Manchester United, having played at Old Trafford between 1989 and 1995. After retirement, the former England midfielder switched to managerial work where he has been less successful.
Ince is currently a free agent as he departed Reading in April 2023 when his side was 22nd in the EFL Championship. Initially, the 56-year-old guided the Royals to safety in the 2021/22 season but could not build up on his success the following year.
Prior to his spell at Reading, the Englishman had a eight-year break from coaching and could be seen working as a pundit on TV. Nevertheless, his previous experience includes spells at Macclesfield Town, MK Dons, Blackburn Rovers, Notts County and Blackpool. With MK Dons, he won the League Two and Football League Trophy in 2007/08.
Although some may be excited about Paul Ince becoming the next Salford City manager due to his iconic status, we have to remember that the 56-year-old’s coaching resume is not that impressive.
Next up on the next Salford City manager odds list is Dean Holden who is also available for instant hire. The 44-year-old has been on the job market since August when he was fired by League One club Charlton Athletic.
Holden arrived at Charlton Athletic midway through the 2022/23 term and guided them to a 11th-place finish in the third tier. However, the new campaign started with one win and four losses in the opening weeks, and his sacking seemed imminent.
Holden's previous managerial experience came with Bristol City between 2020 and 2021. He kept the Robins in the EFL Championship in 2019/20 but was fired the following season after a run of six straight defeats. The Englishman also held brief caretaker roles at Oldham Athletic and Stoke City, having worked as an assistant coach at those clubs as well.
Despite not being the most experienced manager out there, Holden has enough knowledge of the lower leagues to at least keep Salford City in League Two. He is a proven short-term option.
Paul Hurst is very familiar with League Two as he had been coaching Grimsby Town until recently. The 49-year-old was fired by the Mariners in October on the back of four consecutive league defeats.
Hurst has had several spells with Grimsby Town over the years. First, he was a joint manager together with Rob Scott between 2011 and 2013. The next three seasons, Hurst worked as the sole head manager at Grimsby, winning promotion to League Two at the end of 2015/16.
Afterwards, the Englishman went through Shrewsbury Town, Ipswich Town and Scunthrope United in League One and the EFL Championship. Hurst returned to Grimsby Town in 2020 but could not avoid relegation from League Two. However, he won promotion back to the Football League the very next season.
The 49-year-old has shown his capability of building a long-term project, although his spells in the upper leagues were less successful. Given the situation at Moor Lane, Hurst would make a solid appointment for Salford City.
Another name with a past at Manchester United is Mark Hughes, and although he is older than David Beckham & co, they were teammates in the early 90s. Besides, he is far more experienced as a coach than all the names listed so far.
Hughes began his managerial career with the Wales national team in 1999 when he was still an active player. In 2004, the Welshman switched to club football and had spells at Premier League clubs such as Blackburn Rovers, Manchester City, Stoke City and others. Perhaps his best achievement is qualifying for the UEFA Cup with Blackburn early in his managerial career after a sixth-place finish in the Premier League.
Hughes last job was with Bradford City in League Two. The team finished sixth in 2022/23 but were defeated in the promotion play-offs by Carlisle United. The 2023/24 campaign started on the wrong foot, and the 60-year-old was sacked in October with his team in 18th place.
Ryan Giggs is part of the Project 92 Limited group that currently owns Salford City, with the Welshman holding 10% stakes in the club. So, the first question is whether an owner can also act as manager. At the moment, there doesn’t appear to be any FA regulations that would prohibit it, and the last owner to also act as football manager at the professional level in England was Terry Smith at Chester City in 1999/2000.
Giggs is a free agent at the moment as he stopped coaching Wales in 2020 following his arrest on assault charges (eventually dropped). The ex-Man United midfielder formally remained coach of the national team until 2022 but caretaker manager Rob Page was actually responsible for the work on the ground.
Between 2018 and 2020, Giggs led Wales to 12 wins in 25 matches. He helped the Dragons qualify for UEFA Euro 2020 but did not get to work at the tournament, with it being delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Other than that, Giggs had a four-match interim spell at Manchester United when he won two games. He also worked as an assistant at Old Trafford between 2014 and 2016.