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3 November 2016

Chairman admits he has been very impressed by Warren Joyce and believes he is the perfect manager in the club’s current situation.

  • Wigan Athletic chairman David Sharpe discusses Warren Joyce’s appointment as Latics boss.
  • “Warren is a winner who has been used to working to high standards throughout his career,” – says Sharpe.
  • Chairman urges supporters to get behind Joyce on Saturday.
Wigan Athletic chairman David Sharpe says he has been impressed from his earliest discussions with new Latics boss Warren Joyce, stating that he is the perfect man to take the club forwards.

Joyce arrives at Latics having spent eight years as Manchester United’s reserve team manager, and Sharpe told Latics PlayerHD he is full of respect for the 51-year-old and the experience he brings with him will be vital.

“I met Warren once we were given Manchester United’s permission to talk to him and straight away I liked him, I liked everything he said, we got on very well and were talking for three or four hours,” Sharpe explained.

“I was fascinated by his knowledge of the game; he’s been around football for a long time so his knowledge is unbelievable in terms of football and what he has been through.

“You look at his links with Manchester United; he has been there under Sir Alex Ferguson for five years and then more recently under David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho.

“To do that, you have to be a very clued up individual to work with those people and to work for the biggest club in the world for that amount of time.

“He’s also managed abroad with Royal Antwerp and not many other Championship managers have done that, you also look at this time at Hull City and what he achieved there despite only being a young coach. That was an unbelievable job when you see where they are now and where they could have been had it not been for Warren preventing them from relegation to the Conference.

“More recently you look at his track record with younger players, how many he has developed and brought through, and everything put together felt right.”

Sharpe added that Joyce’s work with young players fits perfectly with the direction in which he wants to take Latics.

“Warren is the perfect manager and coach for where we are at as a club right now,” he continued. “He’s great at developing younger players, putting his time into younger players and coaching them into becoming winners and better footballers but he also relies upon experience too, like we already have, so it’s the perfect blend for Warren and our club at this moment in time.

“I only like to make a change if you know what you are changing for, there is no point in making a change just for the sake of making a change. When I made this change, I did it because I know that Warren Joyce is what were about as a club: young players and winning.

“Those two together strike a great combination for us because we have to be different now; we are not a club that can pay the same as clubs like Newcastle United, Aston Villa, Derby County and Sheffield Wednesday and I am not going to let us do that because we have to be sensible and we don’t want to put ourselves in a difficult situation.”

Although Sharpe has factored in the club’s long-term future with this appointment, he also acknowledged that Joyce’s success in previous jobs at winning matches influenced his decision whilst he added that he believes supporters will warm to Joyce when they see him in action.

“Warren has had to have high standards at Manchester United and has been used to winning trophies but he knows the position we are in and what we expect and I am sure he will achieve that,” Sharpe added.

“I hope the supporters do get behind Warren, I am sure they will because he is very animated and vocal when he is pitch side. 

“I like to keep my eye on all things in football and I have seen a lot of Manchester United’s under-21 side this season and last year too and I’ve seen how passionate he is on the touchline so the fans will immediately warm to him in terms of how much he wants his team to win.”

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