Salford City is delighted to announce the appointment of Richie Wellens as the Club’s new manager!
The 40-year-old, who won promotion from League Two with Swindon Town as Champions in 2019-20, has signed a deal until the end of the 2022-23 season.
It is a welcome return to Moor Lane for Wellens, who played for The Ammies in the National League North in 2016 and scored once in nine appearances.
Since then he had a spell in charge of Oldham Athletic in 2017-18 before becoming manager at Swindon in November 2018, leading them back up to League One last season, and now he is eager to repeat that achievement and more with The Ammies:
“It’s a Club that everybody takes great interest in because of the profile of the Club, it’s a Club on the up and I’m a manager that wants to win games. Coming to Salford is an opportunity to win week in, week out, and it’s a fantastic opportunity for me to take the Club to where they want to be.
“The Club has had unbelievable success in the last six years with Bern and Jonno winning promotions and Graham Alexander getting them into the Football League, and I’m looking forward to continuing that success.
“Promotions at this level are more difficult, but the rewards are greater and I believe in continuing that success as well as giving the Club an identity and style that reflects the people of Salford.”
The former Manchester United academy player enjoyed a lengthy career with the likes of Blackpool, Oldham, Doncaster Rovers and Leicester City mainly in League One and The Championship.
He won promotion from the Third Division with The Seasiders, and from League One with Doncaster as well as a number of individual accolades including three PFA Team of the Year selections and two Player of the Year awards. That experience throughout the Football League and his connections to Salford make him a good fit.
Chairman Karen Baird commented:
“We are pleased that Richie has agreed to become manager of Salford City.
“After a thorough process we highlighted Richie as an ideal candidate for the manager’s position. It is an exciting move as Richie is someone who has achieved success in League Two, and we look forward to further promotions together.”
Co-owner Gary Neville added:
“Richie is someone we know well from Manchester United and his previous spell here.
“He has success at this level after winning the League Two title with Swindon Town last season, and his philosophy to play attacking football is what we want to bring fans at The Peninsula Stadium.
“His knowledge of the area and the club having played for ourselves and come through the youth ranks at Manchester United also fits in with the profile we were looking for.
“We look forward to achieving success together.”
Sporting Director Chris Casper is also positive about how the appointment can benefit more than just the first team:
“It’s an exciting appointment for the Club, Richie has good experience of the level we’re at and where we want to go.
“Working closely with Warren Joyce he is keen to provide a pathway for the talented young players at the Club to have the chance at playing for the first team. His ambitions match our own and we’re optimistic about moving forward together and hopefully bringing more success to Salford City.”
Welcome back to Salford, Richie, and we wish you a successful tenure!