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After leaving Manchester United for an ill fated move to Wigan Athletic, former Claret Warren Joyce has moved to Australia to become head coach of Melbourne City on a two year deal.

Joyce, son of Walter Joyce who played for the Clarets in all four of our European Cup ties in the 1960/61 season, was a Burnley player himself for three years before moving to Hull where he remains a hugely popular figure after taking over as manager and saving them from relegation out of the Football League.

Having continued to work in youth coaching, he was taken from Tranmere by Manchester United to install as manager of Royal Antwerp before moving into Old Trafford where he was coach of their reserve team for eight years before following Gary Caldwell at Wigan last season. That didn’t last long. It was four months to be exact, from November to March when the trigger happy Latics chairman decided to part company with him.

Recruited by Brian Marwood, the Managing Director of City Football Services, Joyce, who had other opportunities, said: “I am delighted to be joining Melbourne City Football Club at this time in its evolution.

“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.”

Marwood, who moved back into football with Manchester City, said of the appointment: “Warren Joyce is a manager who sees football as a way of life, not a job. 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.”

Joyce was one who Michael Keane turned to for advice when Burnley wanted to sign him and he was encouraged to make the move by a former player who scored twice on his Burnley debut against Port Vale and netted the third against his former club Plymouth in the second leg of the play-off semi-final in 1994.

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