Phil Neville: Salford City will look to match Fleetwood's progress

Ryan Giggs
Salford players celebrate with Man Utd assistant manager Ryan Giggs (centre) after their promotion

Salford City hope to emulate Fleetwood Town's progress to the Football League after their promotion to the Northern Premier, says part-owner Phil Neville.

Neville bought the club in November with ex-Manchester United team-mates Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, brother Gary and Singapore billionaire Peter Lim.

"Fleetwood, for us, is probably the biggest example," Neville said.

"They started in the eighth tier and now they're in the Football League."

Fleetwood, now in League One, progressed through non-league football helped by the funds provided by the club's owner, Andrew Pilley.

"It's something like that [team], that we follow and we take advice from - they did it in the space of 14 years," Neville added to BBC Radio Manchester.

Class of 92
Salford City's owners, the 'Class of '92', along with some celebrity friends, faced their team in a pre-season friendly at the start of the season

Salford were crowned champions of Division One North of the Northern Premier League after Darlington's draw at Warrington on Tuesday.

Neville, who also spent eight seasons with Everton, said the feeling that came with hearing the news they were champions was just as rewarding as the 11 major trophies he won during his playing career.

"It's going to sound cliché but it feels just as special because this is like our little baby really," he said.

"When we took over the club you just don't think it is ever going to happen and, during the season, we've had our ups and downs.

"But when Darlington drew with Warrington it was taking us back to the good old days when we used to win leagues and we all got on the phone to each other."

Gary Neville
England assistant manager and part owner Gary Neville celebrated Salford City's promotion

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