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Salford City part company with joint-managers Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley by mutual consent

(Image: Bernard Morley and Anthony Johnson celebrate winning the National League North title last month)

Salford City and joint-managers Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley have agreed to part company by mutual consent.

A meeting took place between the club’s management and the managers and there were irreconcilable differences around personal terms relating to contract length and performance related matters.

The club tried to work through the differences but no mutually acceptable agreement could be reached.

Johnson and Morley have won three promotions in the last four seasons, including the National League North title this year.

Co-owner Gary Neville said: “The last four seasons with the manager’s have been the most successful in the club’s history and a huge part of that is down to Anthony and Bernard, so this announcement is regrettable.

“However after a meeting this morning between myself, senior management and the managers it was clear there were differences between us that could not be resolved and it was therefore decided to part ways, and whilst this is disappointing, it is the right decision for all concerned.”

Johnson said: “Although we are naturally disappointed we felt the time was right. To go out on a high, after
securing another promotion, makes us ready for the next challenge and although that won’t be with SCFC, we are already excited about where that challenge will be.

“We have had a great time at SCFC with a great set of players who have delivered what we asked and as a manager that is all you want.”

Morley added: “We have always given everything to SCFC and although we couldn’t come to an agreement on
our future we would like to thank the club for the opportunities they have given us.

“The fans have been exceptional and we will miss them but want to wish the club every success in the National League”

The club added: “Anthony and Bernard have certainly performed for this club and have committed everything to SCFC for the last four seasons and the club would like to thank them for their huge contribution to our club and wish them all the best and success in the future. They have been a credit to the club and fans.”

First team coach, Derek Egan, will also leave the club. Salford will make an announcement
regarding the role of manager at the club for next season in the coming days.


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