Gary Neville has left his role as chief executive of Salford City, with Nicky Butt set to succeed from his former Manchester United teammate.
The League Two club have been owned by Neville, who assumed the chief executive role on a part-time basis, and former ‘Class of 92’ teammates Butt, Phil Neville, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs, along with Singaporean businessman Peter Lim since 2014.
Since the acquisition, the club have risen from the Northern Premier League First Division North – the eighth tier of English football – to reach the League ranks and ex-teammate David Beckham has joined them as an investor.
Neville, who has numerous other interests including a successful media career, is now stepping away from the day-to-day running of the club to allow Butt to take over as full-time CEO.
Butt left his role as head of first-team development at Man United in 2021.
Neville said: “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 now be able to sit back and enjoy the game on match days safe in the knowledge that it is in good hands.”
Butt said: “I am delighted and welcome this opportunity, this pressure, this responsibility.
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“I accept 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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