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Joyce unveiled by Melbourne City

19th June 2017, 12:17 by Peter Hampshire

Melbourne City have confirmed Warren Joyce, Manchester United's former reserve manager, as their choice to replace Michael Valkanis.

Joyce, formerly a midfielder in his playing days, most notably with Bolton Wanderers, Preston North End and Hull City, has been tasked with improving on Melbourne City's disappointing end of season play-off campaign.

The 52-year-old's most recent job was in England, where he failed to curtail a terrible run of form in Wigan Athletic's disastrous season that eventually saw them relegated to League One.

To improve on City's fourth place finish, the Manchester-born manager is thought to be targeting youth development and has already overseen his first training session at City's base in Bundoora. Yet to win an A-League title, Joyce spoke of both short and long-term goals at his press unveiling.

He said: "The long-term goal is to see (youth development) happen and if you can, personally, have a hand in helping that happen for Australian football then that would give a bit of a buzz, by working with those young players."

Joyce was handed a surprisingly long three-and-a-half year deal at Wigan yet lasted only four months in charge with the Latics, getting the boot following a home defeat in a crunch clash with fellow relegation candidates Bristol City.

Opinions from the Melbourne City fan base have been mixed following his arrival.

Joyce, who described himself as honest and meticulous at his unveiling, added: "I've come in with a purpose, my own aims. I can't impact people's perceptions or whatever their expectations were."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Peter Hampshire

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