Salford’s manager, Neil Wood, was appointed in May 2022, his first managerial position. He began as a trainee with Man Utd, a club he had been with since age 8. But his career was peppered with injuries and loans.
After a mixed pre-season, Wood said – “Its been a good pre-season. When you look back at the different challenges we’ve had, different games, it’s been really good. The Radcliffe game at the beginning we played some good stuff but it was more for minutes, then we played Derby out in Spain, West Brom was a difficult game, they came with a really high press, a really organised high press, same with Bolton. They came with a bit of a man-to-man then again today they came with a bit more of a gung-ho press. Once we got through we were ok, we probably just needed to show a bit more composure and a bit more quality in the final third but it was a really good exercise, I’m not too concerned about the result.”