THE CLASS OF 92’S dream of taking Salford City into the Premier League is in danger of imploding.
Salford enjoyed four promotions in five years after Gary Neville, David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Phil Neville, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt bought the club along with money man and majority shareholder Peter Lim in 2014.
But as they approach their ten-year anniversary since the ex-Manchester United stars got involved, the Ammies are closer to returning to non-league than getting into the big time.
Neville and Co responded to their recent woes by sacking Neil Wood following the 5-1 defeat by Tranmere on Boxing Day with the club 21st in League Two.
That shocking result extended their winless league run to eight games and left City just six points above the drop.
Salford’s ambitious owners have made promotion their target every season and they have been among the favourites for the title each year.
But they have so far come unstuck since getting into the Football League for the first time in 2018.
Wood led them to the League Two play-offs and a highest-ever seventh-place finish last season — but the performances on the pitch are yet to match the Class of 92’s sky-high targets.
And they are currently looking for their fifth permanent manager since becoming an EFL club.
Salford host Grimsby tonight in a crunch six-pointer at the bottom of the League Two table.
And they have even gained support from one of their former bosses ahead of a crucial period for the club.
Anthony Johnson, who was joint-manager alongside Bernard Morley and responsible for the start of their speedy rise through the leagues, said: “It’s really sad to see what’s going on at Salford.
“Especially after all the hard work that went into getting the club into the EFL.
“Four promotions in five years should have seen far more momentum — you only have to look at Stockport and Notts County.”
Someone even suggested on X they should “get the band back together” and reappoint Johnson and Morley.
But Johnson took a dig at the owners, saying: “Our instruments weren’t deemed good enough.”