Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has become involved in a ‘tapping-up’ story that resulted in the assistant manager of Salford City, Stuart Rudd, being relieved of his duties with the Northern Premier League club.
Scholes is a co-owner of Salford alongside Class of ’92 colleagues Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Phil Neville and Nicky Butt and, claims the Daily Mail, this quintet signed off on the termination of Rudd’s contract.
Rudd is reported to have sent a text message to a player from a rival club, namely Shelton Payne of Trafford FC, to gauge whether or not he would consider making a move to Salford - something that could be deemed an illegal approach.
Scholes’ involvement was not through any fault of his own but, in Rudd’s message, he included that the former Manchester United midfielder rated Payne. It has since been claimed that Scholes had never even seen him play.
The content of the text from Payne was made public on Twitter and understandably resulted in embarrassment for Salford, who were mindful that action could be taken against them.
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Payne’s departure was announced through the club’s website, although they claim his exit was the result of a reshuffle to the coaching structure, rather than due to of any supposed gross misconduct.
Scholes and his former Manchester United colleagues acquired control of Salford earlier this year, before the Old Trafford icons took the decision to sell a 50 percent stake to Singaporean billionaire Peter Lim, who also owns Valencia.