Manchester United are looking to bring back Warren Joyce as under-23 coach, report Fox Sports.
This could be the best piece of business United do all summer.
The role of under-23 manager is current vacant after the club sacked Ricky Sbragia.
Sbragia managed a talented under-23 team to just eight wins from 22 matches.
He replaced Warren Joyce, who left in 2016 to work at Melbourne City in Australia. He has just been released from his contract down under.
The right move
The Sun report also that Joyce is ‘favourite’ to return as under-23 boss. The paper also suggest that this could help keep Paul Pogba happy, with Joyce crucial to his development in the academy.
Joyce also played a key role in the progression of Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard through the ranks at Old Trafford, along with departed stars Danny Welbeck and Michael Keane. Axel Tuanzebe is another he has worked with.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer worked closely with Joyce during his coaching apprenticeship in the academy.
The pair are in contact, with Solskjaer telling Talksport in January: “I’ve kept in touch with Warren (Joyce), who had him in the reserves,” when discussing Andreas Pereira.
Joyce’s managerial career has not worked out as he would have liked, with short stints at Wigan and in Melbourne.
It makes sense for him to come home, and lead an overhaul of the club’s under-23 team.
There is a lot of talent in the squad, but with Mason Greenwood and Tahith Chong among those expected to step up to the first team, it’s time to create some new stars.
Joyce has a proven track record, and he could help the likes of Angel Gomes, James Garner and co to take the next step.
Let’s hope United see the reported plan to bring him back through.