After eight years as Manchester United reserves manager, Warren Joyce has left the club to become first team boss at nearby Wigan Athletic.

Joyce’s contribution to European football, not just Manchester United, has been immense since he joined the club.


Managing during some difficult circumstances for the academy, Joyce won 14 trophies with United in only eight seasons. In that period of time, he saw more than 40 players progress from the academy to the first team at Old Trafford while 25 of his players have become full international footballers, a remarkable record.

8 years as reserves manager, 14 trophies: Five Premier League titles, five Manchester Senior Cups, four Lancashire Senior Cups.

A replacement for Joyce will take a while to be found, with the appointment needing to be excellent to match the 53-year-old’s brilliance. Like Kieran McKenna from Tottenham Hotspur earlier this season at under-18 level, it’s likely to be an outside appointment.

Head of Academy Nicky Butt is expected to take over as temporary manager of the under-23s.

Paul McGuinness left as under-18s in February and Warren Joyce left in November meaning #mufc have lost 36 years of academy experience in a year.

Warren Joyce – Manager Profile

Warren Joyce is a superb coach, producing some of United’s finest academy graduates in recent years, and keeping talented youngsters grounded despite their obvious ability.

Joyce had a good playing career, most prolifically at Bolton Wanderers and Preston North End. He finished his career at Hull City, becoming player-manager in his final season at the club and performing “The Great Escape” by keeping the Tigers in the Football League, preventing likely bankruptcy by mastering their survival in the Fourth Division.

“If the coach is there wearing a nice shiny tracksuit and a gold badge, and wants an easy life then the players will be like that. We look to blame the players in football, but it is up to you as a coach to mould them correctly.” – Warren Joyce, 2007

He was eventually replaced at Hull, and had coaching roles at Leeds United, Stockport County, and Tranmere Rovers before becoming manager at Royal Antwerp in September 2006, then in partnership with Manchester United.

In 2008, having clearly impressed at Antwerp, Joyce took charge of United’s under-21 side alongside Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. After the baby-faced assassin left for the managerial role at Molde FK in his home country, Norway, Joyce was left in sole-charge of the under-21 side. That was in 2010, and Joyce guided the under-21s to the U21 Premier League title in 2012/13, 2014/15, and 2015/16.

Joyce has rejected offers for first team managerial opportunities on many occasions. He was linked with a return to Hull City in 2011, and more recently linked with Blackburn Rovers.