Manchester United U23s boss Warren Joyce has departed the club to become Wigan Athletic’s new manager.
Joyce will step in immediately for Wigan’s game against Jaap Stam’s Reading this weekend and has called an end to an eight year association with the Man United.
He was a phenomenal coach and one which United are going to find extremely difficult to replace. He joined in 2008 to coach our reserves alongside Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but two years later took the position on full time and never looked back.
Joyce leaves United as the U21s Premier League champions having won the title in three out of the last four years and during his time at the club he helped 25 players progress through to become full internationals.
— Stretford Paddock (@StretfordPaddck) November 2, 2016
It really is a major blow for United because while our academy system has been overhauled and changed in the last few years, Joyce’s U21s have been a real constant. His ability to cope with player turnover and continue to win was second to none and the players all had a real affection for a man who helped their careers so much.
If we’re being honest, Joyce deserves his chance again at management having helped orchestrate Hull City to a dramatic relegation survival back in the day and this U23s group is one of the weakest we’ve seen thanks to the quick progression of the likes of Marcus Rashford and Timothy Fosu-Mensah.
I wish Joyce all the luck in the world at Wigan and want to thank him for everything he did with United. He’ll definitely be sorely missed.