New Melbourne City manager Warren Joyce believes there is no reason why Australia can join the world’s elite when it comes to football.
Joyce was unveiled as City’s new boss on Monday morning, filling the void left by the sudden departure of John van’t Schip in January 2017 due to personal reasons.
Interim manager Michael Valkanis, who stepped into the hot seat temporarily, will move back into an assistant coaching role under Joyce.
The 52-year-old arrives in Australia with a wealth of managerial knowledge in England, firstly in a six-year spell as Manchester United’s reserves coach followed by a short stay with Wigan Athletic in a senior role.
Referencing Australian sporting greats of other codes such as Shane Warne and Mal Meninga, Joyce said Australian football could follow in their stead.
“To go and have a chance to work in a country and tap into resources like that, why not,” he said.
“If they’ve been the world’s best over different decades, could they not be the world’s best at football?
“It doesn’t seem logical to me that that’s not going to happen at some stage.”
Joyce is the second A-League managerial appointment in the past week, following on from Adelaide United’s hiring of German boss Marco Kurz.
Joyce took charge of his first City training session on Monday.