Former Wigan and United coach Warren Joyce appointed new coach of Melbourne City


Melbourne City have officially unveiled Warren Joyce as their new head coach, with the experienced boss welcomed to the City Academy on Monday.
Melbourne City are part of the City Football Group, run by Manchester City’s Abu Dhabi-based owners.

Joyce, 52, has experience both as a player and later a manager in England and Belgium, including a spell coaching Leeds United’s reserves, two years at Royal Antwerp, eight years at Manchester United reserves, and as manager for Wigan Athletic in the Championship.
Joyce, 52, has been out of work since being sacked by the Latics on 13  Marchafter four months in charge.
The former Bolton, Preston and Hull midfielder arrives in Melbourne as players begin their pre-season training, and will work alongside assistant coaches Michael Valkanis, Joe Montemurro and goalkeeping coach Joey Didiluca.
“I am delighted to be joining Melbourne City Football Club at this time in its evolution,” Joyce said of his appointment.
“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.”

Simon Pearce, vice-chairman of Melbourne City, added: “In Warren Joyce, we have a manager with a long and distinguished footballing career, who has proved himself, in many different environments, as both a pragmatic manager and a versatile, driven coach.

“His career achievements, and the many coaching partnerships he has had in the past, suggest an ideal cultural and tactical fit for Melbourne City.”
Melbourne City won the Australian Cup last season but sacked coach Michael Valkanis after a poor A-League play-off campaign ended with elimination by Perth Glory.

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Brighton secure club-record signing for Valencia’s Australian goalkeeper Mathew Ryan


Brighton have agreed the signing of Australia goalkeeper Mathew Ryan from Valencia.
The newly-promoted Seagulls say the undisclosed fee for the 25-year-old is a club record.

Ryan has agreed a five-year contract and replaces David Stockdale, who left the Amex Stadium to join Birmingham earlier this week.
Ryan, who has won 32 caps, is in the Australia squad for the Confederations Cup in Russia starting on Saturday.
He joined Valencia on a six-year deal from Belgian side Club Brugge in 2015, but made only 10 appearances for the Spanish side, spending last season back in Belgium on loan at Genk.

Brighton manager Chris Hughton said on the club website: “I’m delighted that we’ve been able to attract Mathew to the club, and he will certainly be an excellent addition to the squad in time for our first season in the Premier League.

“We’re very much looking forward to working with him for the season ahead. For somebody of Mathew’s age, he has very good experience, having played in the top divisions in Australia, Belgium and Spain.

“He has also competed in European competition and made a number of appearances at international level.”