GARY NEVILLE and four of his ex-Manchester United teammates have agreed a takeover of Evo-Stik NPL Division One North side Salford City.
The deal was first talked about last month and after discussions between the group, which also includes Gary’s brother Phil, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt, and the club’s board, a deal has been agreed.
The group will officially take over the Ammies in the summer pending approval from the Football Association and the Northern Premier League.
Unlike David Beckham, who decided to start an MLS franchise in Miami, the group have decided to invest closer to home and are hoping to nurture young local talent.
Gary Neville said: “I had my first trial for Manchester United in Salford at age 11 and I will never forget how important that was to me.
“Salford City FC to me represents those early years, the commitment, hunger, enthusiasm, desire and spirit of football and I am very excited about this venture.”
Giggs added: “Everyone knows how important Salford is to me, so this is an exciting acquisition that is right at the heart of what we all believe in.
“We want to engage the football community, use our football experience and knowledge to aspire and nurture young talent and being able to do that in Salford makes it even more exciting’