Wigan Athletic have appointed Warren Joyce as their new manager.
Joyce has signed a three-and-a-half year contract with the Championship club, which will keep him with the club till at least 2020.
The 51-year-old left his position as coach of Manchester United’s reserves to sign for the Latics, following an 8-year spell with the club’s under-21 side. He won fourteen trophies with the reserves, including three Under-21 Premier League titles.
He now takes charge of a Wigan side who currently sit 22nd in the Championship table, having been promoted from League One last season.
Last week, Wigan sacked manager Gary Caldwell after just 18 months in charge of the club. Despite leading the club on a 20-game unbeaten streak, which helped them lift the League One title and achieve promotion at the first attempt in his first full season in charge, the club made a woeful start to the new Championship campaign.
Wigan have lost seven games and won just three, along with five draws. They have failed to win in their last four games, and have managed to win just 14 points this season. Their poor form ultimately gave chairman David Sharpe no choice, and the Scotsman was sacked.
“I feel that we need to act now in the best long-term interests of the club,” Sharpe said. “It’s undoubtedly the toughest decision I’ve had to make since becoming chairman.”
Following Caldwell’s sacking, Wigan looked to Warren Joyce – who was also linked with a move to Hull City and Blackburn this season – to help them out of their slump.
On appointing Joyce, Sharpe said: “Warren has everything we are looking for.
“He is an exceptional coach who has a reputation within the game for being among the very best at bringing through young players, as his record at Manchester United shows.
“But more than that, he has a winning mentality which transmits to his players and he has achieved great success in his time at United. It’s the perfect combination.”