Former Manchester United youth coach appointed at Melbourne City

By Emma Kemp, Emma Kemp is a Roar Guru

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    Former Manchester United youth and reserve team coach Warren Joyce has been named as Melbourne City’s new A-League boss.

    City on Monday confirmed speculation Joyce was set to replace the departed John van ‘t Schip as the man tasked with steering a lavishly equipped but under-achieving team to the next level next season.

    Signed on a two-year deal, the 52-year-old ex-Bolton Wanderers, Preston North End, Burnley and Hull City midfielder spent eight years at Old Trafford from 2008-2016 working with the youth and reserve team and helping young talent including Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford make their breakthroughs.

    But that has not stopped arch-rivals City Football Group turning to the hard-nosed Englishman for a new direction.

    Joyce has little senior coaching experience – in March he was sacked as Wigan Athletic manager after just four months in the job and two weeks after having major eye surgery.

    He also did a short stint as player-coach at Hull.

    Yet his reputation as a tough-talking leader appealed to Manchester City’s director of football Brian Marwood, who has so far been unable to translate substantial investment into trophies bar last year’s FFA Cup triumph.

    Joyce’s appointment comes after former England manager Roy Hodgson’s examination of the club at the back end of last season.

    Marwood said Joyce was “the right manager at the right time for Melbourne City”.

    “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,” Marwood said.

    “And more than that – his teams have consistently won domestic and international trophies.”

    Joyce arrived in Melbourne in time for the squad to begin pre-season training, stepping in alongside Michael Valkanis, who returns to his assistant coach post after 15 games as interim coach.

    “I am delighted to be joining Melbourne City Football Club at this time in its evolution,” Joyce said.

    “The people at the club, their vision and their values together with the opportunity to help develop and build this team to its full potential, meant that this was an offer which was impossible to turn down. I can’t wait to get started.”

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    • June 19th 2017 @ 2:32pm
      tommaso said | June 19th 2017 @ 2:32pm | ! Report

      i think he’s a good choice maybe he will shake up the club and make them more disciplined and harder at the ball

      • Roar Rookie

        June 19th 2017 @ 3:24pm
        Stevo said | June 19th 2017 @ 3:24pm | ! Report

        Nail. Head. Last season, on paper at least, we were worth a spot in the grand final but JVS style coaching meant we couldn’t the most out of some players. Players like Brattan seem quite comfortable taking a fortnightly pay cheque without ever really imposing themselves on the game week in week out. That’s what he was there for FFS. Caceres and Kamau need to work harder if they want to get to the next level. Right now they are wasting their opportunities. Headed for the large dust bin of also rans.

        • Roar Rookie

          June 19th 2017 @ 5:50pm
          Waz said | June 19th 2017 @ 5:50pm | ! Report

          I miss JVS ?

    • June 19th 2017 @ 3:04pm
      Caltex TEN & SBS support Australian Football said | June 19th 2017 @ 3:04pm | ! Report

      For Melb City’s sake, I hope this is not a repeat of a Terry Butcher saga. It certainly has all the hallmarks of being one. Anyways, we need a successful Melb City so good luck to all.

      • June 19th 2017 @ 4:20pm
        Midfielder said | June 19th 2017 @ 4:20pm | ! Report


        Why don’t you have fox in your logo… they broadcast every game and cover the cost, broadcast every Socceroo match… they have been financially the biggest backers of Football… have a number of Football talk shows…

        • June 19th 2017 @ 4:54pm
          Fadida said | June 19th 2017 @ 4:54pm | ! Report

          I agree Caltex, the is a whiff of the Butcher in this.
          Perhaps we are all scarred by rubbish, shouty English coaches playing 1980s football. Hopefully he’ll be the exception.

          • June 19th 2017 @ 7:22pm
            20toc said | June 19th 2017 @ 7:22pm | ! Report

            Since Alex Ferguson there haven’t been any anglo Football coaches at the top level. They’re not wanted by serious clubs 😉

            • June 19th 2017 @ 7:43pm
              northerner said | June 19th 2017 @ 7:43pm | ! Report

              Ferguson is a Scot, not an Anglo. Just sayin’

          • June 22nd 2017 @ 8:43pm
            Freddie said | June 22nd 2017 @ 8:43pm | ! Report

            Why? Because he’s the same nationality? Do you know anything about his coaching style or ethos?

            You’re making the same simplistic connection Craig Foster did years ago. And incidentally, Butcher finished 3rd in his only season with Sydney FC, subsequently demoted to 4th because of salary cap breaches before his time. Not exactly the “disaster” everyone makes it out to be.

            This “branding” of coaches because of their nationality has to stop. Pim Verbeek played long ball football, and the SBS “gurus” could hardly compute it, it went totally against what they preached.

        • June 19th 2017 @ 7:15pm
          Caltex TEN & SBS support Australian Football said | June 19th 2017 @ 7:15pm | ! Report

          @ Mid – FOX are greedy, selfish and they monopolise. SBS are and have been supporting Australian football over many years when no one wanted to know. And besides that has been my only TV contact with the game when they first started to broadcast Football. I hope TEN won’t disappoint me.

          • June 19th 2017 @ 11:01pm
            Midfielder said | June 19th 2017 @ 11:01pm | ! Report

            Accept what you say with one minor correction… the matches you watched on SBS over the last 4 years have always been broadcast by Fox with SBS having their own panel and callers.

            But the cost of the broadcast and the quality of the broadcast callers aside has been by Fox.

          • June 22nd 2017 @ 8:45pm
            Freddie said | June 22nd 2017 @ 8:45pm | ! Report

            Greedy & selfish by paying $346million to keep the A-League alive, when no-one else wanted it? Greedy & selfish when SBS only contributed $5million before totally losing interest? Sure mate.

      • Roar Guru

        June 19th 2017 @ 7:29pm
        Griffo said | June 19th 2017 @ 7:29pm | ! Report


        Thinking exact same thing re: Butcher…

        Haven’t heard him speak but if ‘culture’ and ‘discipline’ are keywords then maybe Stubbins Mk II.

        • June 19th 2017 @ 7:35pm
          punter said | June 19th 2017 @ 7:35pm | ! Report

          He was in charge of Man Utd future for 8 years, so I don’t think this is Butcher mark II.

          This guy is good with breeding future players for the best teams. This can only be good for football in this country.

          • Roar Guru

            June 19th 2017 @ 9:48pm
            Griffo said | June 19th 2017 @ 9:48pm | ! Report

            Hope your right punter…

    • June 19th 2017 @ 4:55pm
      Fadida said | June 19th 2017 @ 4:55pm | ! Report

      If he talks about”pashun” or “Dogs of War” we know there’s trouble brewing

    • Roar Rookie

      June 19th 2017 @ 5:49pm
      Waz said | June 19th 2017 @ 5:49pm | ! Report

      Looks a practical appointment;

      Although CFG keep underestimating what it takes to win this league so that’s about the only risk I see in this. He’s qualified, experienced, he has the best training facilities and the biggest budget of any team in history – an automatic shoe-in for the title surely?

      • Roar Guru

        June 19th 2017 @ 7:31pm
        Griffo said | June 19th 2017 @ 7:31pm | ! Report

        Wasn’t that said about the squad last season?

        We’ll have to wait and see 😉

        • June 19th 2017 @ 7:45pm
          Caltex TEN & SBS support Australian Football said | June 19th 2017 @ 7:45pm | ! Report

          We will know from the first long ball from the right back to the centre forward.

          • June 20th 2017 @ 4:02am
            Fadida said | June 20th 2017 @ 4:02am | ! Report

            “get it in the fookin’ mixer!”

            • June 22nd 2017 @ 8:46pm
              Freddie said | June 22nd 2017 @ 8:46pm | ! Report

              Just like Pim Verbeek. Where was he from again?

    • Roar Guru

      June 19th 2017 @ 6:44pm
      Ben of Phnom Penh said | June 19th 2017 @ 6:44pm | ! Report

      Meanwhile Adelaide appear to have signed an ex-Bundesliga coach with a name that will provide an entire season’s worth of quotes.

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