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3 November 2016

New Wigan Athletic manager Warren Joyce gives his first interview to Latics PlayerHD.

  • Warren Joyce discusses why he chose to leave Manchester United for Wigan Athletic.
  • New Latics boss believes previous experience and career success stands him in good stead.
  • Joyce: “I am delighted to get the opportunity.”
New Wigan Athletic manager Warren Joyce believes the level of success he has had during his management and coaching career with Hull City, Royal Antwerp and Manchester United’s under-21 side stands him good stead to deliver similar results here at the DW Stadium after he was appointed Latics boss on a three-and-a-half-year deal on Wednesday.

Speaking in his first interview as Latics manager with Latics PlayerHD, Joyce said:

“I am just really looking forward to Wigan Athletic; I live locally, my brother works for the rugby team, I have grown up around the area and I am desperate to be part of something successful here.

“If you look back at everywhere I have coached and managed, they’ve all been successful, so I am just looking for that to continue.”

Joyce’s appointment may bring scepticism due to what some have seen as a lack of experience of first team management at the top level, but Joyce counteracted that argument by stating his experience is far vaster than he is given credit for and that people should assess his merits on what he has achieved rather than what he hasn’t.

“If there was an argument about a lack of experience on my part I think if you actually looked into the experiences I have had since I began coaching in 1994 and before that getting my coaching badges in 1988, I’ve had vast experience,” he explained.

“I have worked with a number of managers and I could namedrop them and it would be like a Who’s Who of successful managers. I am not saying that means that I will be successful just because I have worked under a number of successful managers but I have certainly had a wide range of experience.

“Equally I am familiar with dealing with men rather than just the young players because I have had a number of top stars come down to play for the reserves at United over a number of years now. Things like that don’t phase me or bother me in the slightest; I know them things and it’s up to other people whether they want to judge me, guess things or surmise but I am quite comfortable with what I have done so far in the game.

“I have worked abroad, not many people have coached and managed in other countries and dealt with the problems and different tactics that brings.

“Add to that the wide range of people I have been involved with over a number of years and it should stand me in good stead for what I am about to do.”

Joyce admits he was equally sold on the job by the vision of chairman David Sharpe, with the chance to manager Wigan Athletic one he couldn’t turn down.

“I’m delighted to get the opportunity; you have dreams that you would like to achieve in your football career and this one certainly seemed like a good fit for me.

“All the plans I have, all of the ambitions that I have, match the chairman’s and hopefully we can fulfil those.”

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