Wigan Athletic have continued talks with Manchester United reserve team coach Warren Joyce over their vacant managerial post at the DW Stadium, according to reports.
Joyce has won three Premier Development League titles, Premier League National play-offs and two Premier League North titles since taking over the reserve side in 2008.
The Championship side were given permission to speak with Joyce last week after parting ways with Gary Caldwell.
According to the Mail Online’s Simon Jones, Joyce continued talks with representatives from Wigan at Carrington earlier this week.
Losing Joyce would serve as a huge blow to the entire structure of the youth development system at Man United. The 51-year-old has become the epicentre of United’s entire youth programme for eight years now, introducing a steely, indefatigable attitude into the side’s DNA.
A brief trawl through the players that spent their fledgling years under Joyce reveals the storming effect he has had at United: Danny Drinkwater, Danny Simpson, Michael Keane, James Chester, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford. Every listed player possesses a common quality of sheer dedication – a kind of no-nonsense, get-on-with-the-job-and-give-everything outlook, and this stems from the years they spent under Joyce, who has always placed emphasis on remaining grounded and focused.