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Gary Neville in war of words with Accrington Stanley chairman over salary cap

Salford City co-owner Gary Neville has got involved in a public spat with Accrington Stanley chairman Andy Holt over his complaints about League One and Two salary caps being scrapped.

A vote earlier this season saw salary caps approved, with third-tier clubs not permitted to spend more than £2.5m on wages and fourth-tier clubs capped at £1.5m.

However, these limits have now been ended after the vote was determined to be in breach of the Professional Football Negotiating and Consultative Committee’s (PFNCC) constitution.

Holt reacted angrily to an opinion piece defending the decision on Twitter, pointing towards the perceived advantage it gives richer clubs such as Salford during the coronavirus pandemic.

Gary Neville is regularly in attendance at Salford City matches

He posted: “Can’t be doing with this. I don’t agree clubs should be able to spend what they want, taking advantage of clubs weakened by COVID19.

“Salford City can now spend £50m on player expenditure if they so choose. I really am not interested in his legal preening. It’s wrong.”

Neville, however, appeared to take the tweet personally, and quickly pointed towards the fact Salford voted in favour of the cap.

He replied: “Obsessed ! We voted with other L2 clubs for Salary Cap even though we didn’t want it so pipe down!”

Holt then hit back: “Not obsessed Gary. Just saying clubs with billionaire owners are now free to take advantage of covid and spend at leisure.

Andy Holt took control of Accrington Stanley in 2016
Andy Holt took control of Accrington Stanley in 2016

“I didn’t say you would or how you voted. You’re a bit touchy though mate,” along with two laugh face emojis.

Neville has had a 10% stake in Salford since 2014, when he along with his former Manchester United teammates Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Phil Neville and Paul Scholes took over along with businessman Peter Lim.

They have gradually risen up through the divisions, and currently sit in ninth place in League Two.




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