Yesterday David Beckham revealed his plans to set up a new football club based in Miami to compete in the MLS. He said all decisions will be made by himself, and it represents a hugely exciting thing for the former England captain to get stuck into.
Who wouldn't enjoy starting a football club from scratch and tailoring it to how you see fit?
Well it seems former teammates Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville have been intrigued by Beckham's idea and are looking to start their own project. Albeit on a much smaller scale, and a little bit closer to home. The Manchester Evening News reports that the duo are looking to buy Salford City FC.
The club currently play in the Evo-Stik First Division North and Giggs and Neville are in early discussions about taking over the club and setting up an academy.
The M.E.N reveal that a board meeting took place on Saturday and an overwhelming majority voted in favour of welcoming a bid from the duo. Salford City currently find themselves in the eighth tier of English football and would need four promotions to get into the Football League. It would have just been a dream to most, but now it seems they could have the foundations for a rise up the pyramid.
The club had already made plans for a new clubhouse and a new stand but were struggling to raise funds. The arrival of Giggs and Neville could lead to these plans being turned into action. Their main plans would be to set up an academy at the club that would allow them to nurture young talent with the possibility of them getting some first-team football under their belt too.
It could be a wonderfully exciting time for Salford City FC. I'm sure many at the club are also Manchester United fans, and their heroes could be about to breathe a new lease of life into the club. Ryan and Gary must also be relishing the chance to own a club. Many of us enjoy acting out as managers on Football Manager and FIFA etc. and the real life opportunity to control a club and build it up from the bottom would be something many would love to do.
Who knows, in the future perhaps Salford City FC will be playing host to David Beckham's Miami side in a friendly
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