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Warren Joyce, who was a Burnley player for three years from the summer of 1993, has joined Football League newcomers Salford City as their development squad coach.

The son of former Burnley wing half Claret Walter, he’s most recently been managing in Australia with Melbourne City but has returned to take on what is a new role at Salford as they introduce a development squad for the first time.

warren joyceTheir director of football, Chris Casper, another son of an ex-Claret, said the introduction of the development squad was an important but exciting addition to the club. “It’s the next part of the club,” he said. “I’d say it’s kind of a bridging squad between the academy and the first team so lads who have come through the academy, they’ve got a place and a time that they can develop.

“That’s the vision of the club moving forward, to develop our own players as much as possible, given them an opportunity. That’s the way the club’s set up and this is the next part of being able to do that.”

Joyce scored twice on his debut for the Clarets on the opening day of the 1993/94 season having signed in a £140,000 deal from Plymouth. He ended the season by scoring the third goal against his former club in the play-off semi-final at Home Park and playing in the winning final at Wembley against Stockport.

By the time he’d left, apparently not seeing eye to eye with new manager Adrian Heath, he’d played 70 league games for us. He went to Hull, where he’d previously been on loan, and went on to become their player/manager.

He’s also managed Royal Antwerp, appointed there by Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson which forced an acrimonious departure from Tranmere, and he went on to manage the United reserve team. Prior to his time in Australia, he was manager at Wigan for a short time, from November 2016 until March in the following year and was eventually replaced by Paul Cook.

On his new role at Salford, Joyce said: “I’m looking forward to the challenge, a different challenge to be starting off with near enough a blank piece of paper. The club, the management and the owners have done fantastically well in the last few years to get to where they’ve got and they don’t want to stop here, and part of it is providing pathways for young players to come through, and local kids to get through to the first team. I’ve enjoyed that aspect over a number of years and I’m looking forward to helping people maximise their talent.”

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