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SBD Global/March 31, 2014/Franchises

'Class Of 1992' Former ManU Players In Consortium To Purchase Semi-Pro Salford City

Former ManU players Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Gary and Phil Neville, as well as ManU's Ryan Giggs, "have clubbed together to buy" semi-pro Northern Premier League side Salford City FC, "subject to FA and league approval," according to the PA. The deal for the club is "due to be completed in the summer." Confirmation of a deal, which "has been rumoured for several weeks, comes on the same day" ManU rejected reports "suggesting members of the Class of '92 could front a takeover deal at Old Trafford." 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." With Giggs still active at ManU, "Phil Neville on David Moyes's coaching staff and brother Gary involved with England, it is not yet known precisely what role they plan to take in their new venture, but it is understood there will be no immediate change to the management structure at Salford City" (PA, 3/27).
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