RAMSBOTTOM United have confirmed that managerial duo Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley have left the club after six seasons in charge at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium.

The pair have moved to Evo-Stik Division One North side Salford City along with coach Glen Moses.

The club has moved quickly to replace Johnson and Morley and have appointed Rams legend Jon Robinson as the new manager.

The former Rams co-managers replace Phil Power and his assistant Dave Chadwick who left Salford on Friday.

Salford are co-owned by former Manchester United stars Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt, Gary Neville and Phil Neville.

Phil Neville and coach Mick Priestley took temporary charge on Saturday, guiding Salford to a 2-1 home win over Kendal Town.

Johnson and Morley were in their sixth season at the club, having taken over the reins in the North West Counties League. After two high finishes (fourth and second), promotion was gained in their third season, and during their first campaign in Evo-Stik North, they missed the play-off places by one point.

Last season saw the club gain their second promotion in three years, with a thrilling play-off success at Bamber Bridge, to move the club up to the highest level in it’s history.

In a club statement, Ramsbottom United thanked all three for their services.

It read: “The club wishes all three the best for the future, and thanks them for their excellent efforts and success during their time at Ramsbottom United.

“The club have moved swiftly to appoint popular Rams legend, Jon Robinson, as the club’s new manager. Jon has been with the Rams for six seasons, and earlier this year celebrated scoring 100 goals for the team.”

Salford confirmed the pair were appointed as their new managers on Saturday evening.

Morley and Johnson leave the Rams in 14th place in the Evo-Stik Premier Division but with games in hand over teams around them. Their match at Curzon Ashton on Saturday was postponed.

They drop a division to join a Salford side who are currently joint top in First Division North - with only goal difference separating themselves Darlington 1883 and Northwich Victoria.

Salford City chairman Karen Baird said: “This is a great appointment for the club, the new managerial team have a wealth of experience and we are excited to have them on board.

“It was important for the club to act swiftly and we are happy that they agreed on a move to Moor Lane without hesitation.”