Melbourne City have finally settled on a new manager, appointing former Manchester United reserves and Wigan Athletic boss Warren Joyce.
City have been on the hunt for a full time manager ever since John van’t Schip suddenly departed the club for family reasons early in 2017.
His assistant Michael Valkanis stepped into the position on an interim basis but was not handed the permanent reigns as City stumbled at the first finals hurdle in 2016-17.
Valkanis will remain in an assistant coaching role.
“I am delighted to be joining Melbourne City Football Club at this time in its evolution,” Joyce said.
“The people at the club, their vision and their values together with the opportunity to help develop and build this team to its full potential, meant that this was an offer which was impossible to turn down. I can’t wait to get started.”
In appointing Joyce, City Football Group Managing Director Brian Marwood described him as the “right man at the right time”.
“Warren Joyce is a manager who sees football as a way of life, not a job,” Marwood said.
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“By leading by example throughout his career, he has produced quality technical players, quality tactical players, and ultimately well rounded players on and off the field.
“And more than that, his teams have consistently won domestic and international trophies.
“He is the right manager at the right time for Melbourne City.”
Joyce will take charge of his first City training session on Monday.
Joyce’s most recent job was with the soon-to-be relegated Latics in November 2016, but he lasted little over five months, collecting just six wins of a possible 24.
As well as the Wigan job, Joyce, 52, has managed Royal Antwerp and United’s reserves team, a position he held for six years.