“It is tough, but we have done it and we are so proud and delighted.” – Gary Neville
The co-owners set themselves an ambitious target of getting to the Championship with 15 years, but they seem to be on track. After the game former Manchester United right-back turned football pundit, Gary Neville explained his happiness.
“It is tough, but we have done and we are so proud and delighted.” he told UK broadcaster, BT Sports. However, as difficult as it has been made out to be, this fairytale story hasn’t been met with universal love.
See, a bone of contention has always been the fact that billionaire, Peter Lim – who also owns Valencia FC – is a major shareholder. With such financial clout they’ve been able to pluck players from under the noses of established league sides, including the almost £1m transfer of Adam Rooney from Scottish Premier League side Aberdeen.
But access to the proper league, with its rules and regulations, means Salford City will have to adhere to Financial Fair Play (FFP), which keeps a check on so-called financial doping. So it’s unlikely they’ll be signing Lionel Messi next season.
Still, for fans of the club, this is a dream that should be savoured. And for Beckham and co, it’s another step towards building an empire to take on the likes of Manchester City and Manchester United in the north west of England.