Joyce is new man in charge at Melbourne City
FOOTBALL: Melbourne City has appointed former Manchester United youth guru, Englishman Warren Joyce as their new coach.
Joyce, 52, most recently had a brief spell in charge of English Championship club Wigan and also led Belgians Royal Antwerp and Hull City (player-coach) for two years apiece.
But he is better known for his work in unearthing young talents at Man United, where he spent eight years, and Leeds United, where a host of his youth charges progressed to the first team.
Joyce started pre-season training preparations with the A-League outfit today, alongside assistant coach and last season's interim Michael Valkanis, fellow assistant Joe Montemurro and 'keeper coach Joey Didulica.
"In Warren Joyce, we have a manager with a long and distinguished footballing career, who has proved himself, in many different environments, as both a pragmatic manager and a versatile, driven coach,” Melbourne City vice-chairman Simon Pearce said.
"His career achievements, and the many coaching partnerships he has had in the past, suggest an ideal cultural and tactical fit for Melbourne City.”
Managing director of City Football Services Brian Marwood led Joyce's recruitment and is confident he will make an impact.
"Warren Joyce is a manager who sees football as a way of life, not a job,” Marwood said.
"By leading by example throughout his career he has produced quality technical players, quality tactical players, and ultimately well-rounded players on and off the field.
"And more than that, his teams have consistently won domestic and international trophies. He is the right manager at the right time for Melbourne City.”