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4 November 2016

New Wigan Athletic manager Warren Joyce tells Latics PlayerHD what he will ask for from his new players.

  • Wigan Athletic manager Warren Joyce discusses his footballing philosophy.
  • Joyce believes understanding responsibility on and off the ball is crucial for his side to be successful.
  • New boss praises players’ reaction during his first training session.
New Wigan Athletic manager Warren Joyce says he will ask his players to take responsibility both on and off the ball as he looks to make his mark on his new team in his early period at the DW Stadium.

Discussing a number of subjects during his first interview with Latics PlayerHD, Joyce said of his playing style:

“I have a clear view on solving problems; so, by that I mean with and without the ball we have to know exactly what our job is so we know how to solve whatever problem the opposition is giving us and we know how to hurt them when we have the ball.

“Rotations, free play, good movement and passing are all things I look for but equally a big thing is being able to stop the opposition from playing.

“You want the perfect performance really; you strive for that in both facets both with and without the ball and if you get those things consistently then invariably you’ll get the win.”

Joyce was able to work with his new players for the first time on Thursday morning and he praised their application from the offset.

“We were straight into it this morning and I want to make as much of an impact as possible on my team because I have a clear way that I want them to play under me,” he explained.

“I thought they were bright, very enthusiastic and energetic and there was some good quality as well.”

Reece James, Nick Powell and Max Power are just a few names from the Wigan Athletic squad that have previously worked under Joyce.

But the new Latics boss believes he has a good knowledge of the majority of the squad having taken in a lot of football at this level in recent seasons.

“To be honest with the Championship I know the majority of the players from watching games over the last few years as we have had many players out on loan in the division from Manchester United – a number of whom helped Hull City and Leicester City to win promotion,” Joyce added.

“I’ve probably spent more time out there watching the Championship than I did the first team at Manchester United so I am very familiar with a lot of the players here and the way a lot of teams play.”

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