The pair own Salford City…
Former Manchester United players Gary and Phil Neville have been branded hypocrites by the manager they sacked at Salford City, reports the Mirror.
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The pair were involved in the decision to sack Salford City boss Phil Power. They are part owners of the club alongside billionaire Peter Lim, and their fellow ‘class of 92’ members Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt, and Ryan Giggs. The 47-year-old is unhappy with how he was axed with the team second in the Evo Stick Northern First Division.
“I am honestly and genuinely bewildered – but most of all I feel let down by the manner in which I was sacked. I got a call from the club chairwoman Karen Baird wanting to meet me and she delivered the news. None of the lads were to be seen,” he said of the decision.
“It was very shabby and I wouldn’t have expected that from lads like Gary, Phil, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes, who have all been in the game a long time,” he added.
Power also revealed that none of the owners got in contact with him in order to tell him that his job was in danger or that none were involved with telling him he was being let go. He pointed out that it seemed hypocritical of the Neville brothers, who are both pundits. The pair have called for managers to be given more time in the past.
None of the owners rang me either in the weeks leading up – no one said ‘you need to pull your finger out, Phil’.
“It’s all a bit hypocritical when you see Phil Neville in the media and Gary on Sky TV saying managers like David Moyes should be given more time – then I get the bullet when we are a couple of points off the top,” he continued.
“Phil lost his job alongside Moyes so you would have thought he would have had an understanding to at least give me a call. It was three days before Phil sent me a text wishing me good luck and, funnily enough, on Thursday I got a message from Gary six days after being sacked,” the non-league specialist explained.
“That should have been done at the time and, to be honest, it was too little, too late. I know I’m a long way down the football chain but it’s the same principle.”