National League Betting: Salford Sprinkled with Stardust

Ed Hawkins

Thursday, July 19, 2018 3:57 PM UTC

Thursday, Jul. 19, 2018 3:57 PM UTC

Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs bringing expertise – and money – to bear at Manchester club who are value for title tilt

<p>Ordinarily we would say there is little glitz or glamour to be found in non-league football. But that is not the case with Salford City, whose meteoric rise from small-time obscurity could be confirmed this coming season with promotion to the Football League.</p><p>With Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs investors in the club, there is no shortage of stardust. And there is no shortage of money, either. Salford, in a district of Manchester, are suddenly major players thanks to a huge cash investment. They have enjoyed three promotions in four seasons</p><p>And with money dictating who wins the silverware by and large in football these days, it would be remiss of us not to point out that Salford are, effectively, playing a in a different financial league to their rivals. That is why prices like the 3/1 about them winning the National League or the 11/8 about them being promoted (<a href=";a=45a32028-f668-4cc0-b786-c8ac9d4db1f7&amp;f=2">both Ladbrokes</a>) have to be highlighted.</p><p>The first statement of intent from Salford came when they appointed the shrewd Graham Alexander as a manager. Alexander would not be out of place in League One, having consistently challenged at the top end with Scunthorpe United. He signed a four-years deal and replaced a joint-managerial duo who, despite success, couldn’t keep up with the club’s new image.</p><p>And it is easy to see why Alexander has made such a commitment. He has been given the sort of financial backing that would make Salford a major threat in League Two.</p><p>The most significant capture was that of Adam Rooney, who left Scottish Premier League outfit Aberdeen. Aberdeen have finished runners-up in the last four seasons. It was a stunning coup for Salford and the Aberdeen manager, Derek McInnes, has been unable to hide his displeasure.</p><p>Rooney is far too good for this level of football. He scored 11 goals in the Scottish top flight last term.</p><p>He is not Salford’s only striking option. Ashley Hemmings, 16 for Boston last term, the tricky Devante Rodney and Rory Gaffney, five in ten for League One Bristol Rovers, are all excellent options in this league. In reality, most teams wouldn’t even be able to afford one from Rooney or Gaffney.</p><p>It could well be a breeze for Salford, who have made shrewd captures in midfield and defence, too. Peterborough’s Danny Lloyd signed for a fee and experienced full-back Scott Wiseman has arrived from Chesterfield.</p>
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