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Salford City Football Club can confirm the appointment of Neil Wood as Head Coach.

The 39-year-old joins us from Manchester United where he has progressed as a coach through the Academy where he once played.

In his playing days he was a midfielder and had loans at Burnley and Coventry City before moves to Blackpool and Oldham Athletic.

After working at Aston Villa, Wood re-joined United as a coach and progressed from the Under-13s through to the Under-23s. In his first season with the Under-23s they won promotion from PL2 Division 2, and he has also overseen the development of players like Di’Shon Bernard, Anthony Elanga, and James Garner amongst many others.

Taking on a senior job in the EFL for the first time, Wood is looking forward to the opportunity:

“I’m very excited for the challenge, I think it’s going to be really good going forward, it’s going to be a new challenge for me but one that I’m looking forward to.

“I’ve spent a lot of years coaching, I’ve been a head coach for the last three years at Manchester United and this was naturally my next progression so it’s an exciting time.

“I’ve had a great time [at Manchester United], some amazing players came through and it’s been a really proud time for me to see young players develop and improve, and go on to make their debut for the first team at Manchester United or move on and play in the leagues.

“Most people will say I like to attack, I think my type of team is attacking teams. I like to improve players, I like to improve the team, and I think they’ll say they’re organised and hard to beat so all the things that you’d want somebody to say about your team.

“We have to create a culture of everyone pulling in the right direction, I think that’s one of the main things for the Club, the staff, the players, and the fans play such an important role in that as well. We want to create a team, a Club, that they’re proud of, that they want to come and watch, and we want to create a team that’s entertaining for them to come and watch.”

Sporting Director Chris Casper commented:

“Neil has great potential, he’s someone that the owners have worked with previously and he ticks a lot of boxes for the way that the Club wants to progress. As a Head Coach he will be able to work on an intrinsic level with the players and work to improve and get the best out of the squad.

“He has an excellent reputation for developing young players which is an ambition that the owners set out when they arrived at the Club in 2014, and we believe that he will give us a fantastic chance to realise those ambitions.

“Things have happened really quickly since Tuesday, and we’re thankful to Manchester United for giving us the opportunity to speak to Neil and their speed in allowing us to bring him in.”

Co-owner Nicky Butt, who worked with Wood at Manchester United, added:

“It’s really exciting to have Neil join us at Salford City, I’ve known him for a long time since I was a player at United with him and more recently as a coach. 

“He’s an exceptionally talented coach, very tactical and technical, and someone that everyone will really enjoy working with so it’s exciting times for us having him here. 

“I’m really happy that he’s joining us, and I’m looking forward to the future with Neil.”

Welcome to The Peninsula Stadium, Neil!

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