Wigan Athletic: Man Utd U21 boss Warren Joyce appointed as Latics’ new manager

Warren Joyce (left) worked with former United midfielder Nicky Butt on their Under-21s

Warren Joyce (left) worked with former United midfielder Nicky Butt on their Under-21s

Wigan Athletic have appointed Warren Joyce, the Manchester United Under-21 boss, as their new manager.

The 51-year-old former Bolton, Preston, Plymouth, Burnley and Hull City midfielder has signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with the struggling Championship club.

He will take charge for the first time when Wigan host Reading on Saturday.

Joyce succeeds Gary Caldwell, who was sacked on 25 October, five months after winning promotion from League One.

He has been part of the staff at Old Trafford since May 2008, having joined United from their feeder club Royal Antwerp, where he was the manager.

He joins a Wigan side who stand 22nd in the table, having won just three times in 15 Championship games since returning to the second tier in May.

He is already familiar with three of the current Latics squad, having worked with Nick Powell, Reece James and Andy Kellett in their time at Old Trafford.

Warren Joyce’s ‘winning mentality’

Latics chairman David 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.

“More than that, he has a winning mentality which transmits to his players and he has achieved great success in his time at United.

“Warren has had several high profile opportunities but wants to move back into management and it is a measure of how highly we rate him that we are making such a long-term commitment.”

Joyce’s first managerial role came as player-coach with Hull before coaching jobs with Leeds United, Stockport County and Tranmere Rovers prior to moving to Antwerp, then on to United.