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Wigan Athletic: Who is Warren Joyce?

3 November 2016

There's a new face in the EFL – Warren Joyce. And if you don't already know, then here's some information on the new Wigan Athletic manager.

The 51-year-old is a former player of Bolton Wanderers, Preston North End, Plymouth Argyle, Burnley and Hull City, and is the son of former Blackburn Rovers and Bolton winger, Walter Joyce.

In Joyce’s playing days at Preston he was named club captain and, as a combative midfielder, was often referred to as 'Psycho' by his team-mates and adoring fans. He made more than 170 appearances for the club and scored 34 goals.

Here he is playing for Hull against the Latics and their former boss Roberto Martinez.

For those who don't remember Warren Joyce's playing days, here he is playing against Latics...and a very familiar No.6... #wafcpic.twitter.com/R8472w8DoJ

— Paul Kendrick (@PKendrickWIG) November 2, 2016

Joyce’s first step into coaching came as player-manager at Hull which he followed up with a spell at Belgian side Royal Antwerp. His time in Belgium came to an end in 2008, and the north-west of England was his next destination.

He joined Manchester United’s under-21 side as their co-manager and worked alongside Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. When Solskjaer departed for Molde FK in 2010, it was Joyce who was left to take the reins. He has since led the youthful Red Devils to two straight FA Professional U21 Development League titles, and 14 trophies in total across his eight years at the club.

The Lancashire-born manager has an astute skill for nurturing young talent, as during his tenure with United, 25 players from the academy were awarded with international caps.

Now Joyce faces a very different task, taking over the Latics with the club third from bottom in the Sky Bet Championship and having only won three games this season. It’s now time to see if he can transfer his success from the youth academy to first-team football.

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