Manchester United’s under-23 manager Warren Joyce has left the club to take the manager’s job at Championship side Wigan Athletic.
The news comes as a big loss for United, who will be losing a highly-respected youth coach in their ranks. Joyce joined the Reds back in 2008, taking charge of the Reserves alongside Ole Gunnar Solskjaer before taking sole charge two years later after Solskjaer left to manage Molde.
Joyce has won fourteen trophies during his time in charge of the Reserves, with United winning three of the last four Under-21 Premier League titles before it changed to an Under-23 competition this season.
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The 51-year-old has been credited with the development of several of United’s current and former first-teamers, who have enjoyed their careers at and away from Old Trafford.
This will be Joyce’s third position as a manager, having staved off relegation with Hull City as player-manager in his first job, before having a stint with Belgian side Royal Antwerp between 2006 and 2008.
As a player, Joyce was a talismanic midfielder who amassed over 700 career games for Preston North End, Bolton Wanderers, Plymouth Argyle and Hull City.