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Gary Neville reveals why Paul Scholes was overlooked to become new boss of Salford City

Gary Neville has revealed why he overlooked pal and fellow Manchester United legend Paul Scholes to become new manager of Salford City.

Joint bosses Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley left the Ammies despite leading the club to the National League this season.

Scholes was linked with the vacant hotseat despite being part of the Class of 92 which have a stake in the club, along with the Neville brothers, Nicky Butt and Ryan Giggs.

But Neville, who heads up the operation, instead decided to appoint former Fleetwood manager Graham Alexander as Salford bid to reach the Football League.

When asked about why he opted against Scholes, who was linked with the Oldham job last year, Neville told the Daily Mail: “If he was the absolute best person we would appoint him, but we felt as though Graham was best person for job.

Neville opted against giving Scholes the job

“We met with him and I got comfortable straight away.”

Neville was also asked if he would consider taking the reins, despite his ill-fated tenure at Valencia. “I will never manage this club,” he added.

The Class of 92 jointly own Salford with businessman Peter Lim.

Alexander and assistant Chris Lucketti

Alexander had a caretaker manager spell while still a player with Preston between 2011 and 2012 before taking over at Fleetwood, where he stayed for three years.

He has since managed Scunthorpe before taking over at Salford.

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