Warren Joyce has been released by Melbourne City.
Warren Joyce has been released by Melbourne City.

Melbourne City cut ties with Joyce

Warren Joyce has been released by Melbourne City.

City players and staff have been informed this morning during exit interviews.

Joyce's two-year contract expired at the end of this season, which concluded in last Sunday's gut-wrenching elimination finals loss away to Adelaide United.

City is now likely to appoint an overseas coach, with a continental European option understood to be leading the race.

Joyce, who made his name as a youth coach at Manchester United, was gutted to be leaving the club and was said to be emotional in the Coopers Stadium changerooms after last Sunday's extra-time loss, perhaps aware of his fate.

While eager to continue, Joyce was looking forward to reuniting with his family.

"It's been a challenging couple of seasons, but I have great pride in the players and staff for the progress the club has made," Joyce said.

"I've seen real growth from the playing group and within the football organisation and the continued development of the right kind of culture.

"I am confident that A-League success is around the corner for the club. I'd like to wish everyone at the club and the fans the best of luck for the future," he added."

New City chief executive Brad Rowse, who replaces China-bound Scott Munn, paid tribute to Joyce.

"Warren leaves Melbourne City having helped the club progress against many of our organisational ambitions, and we are grateful for his dedication and passion for the club's development over the past two years,'' Rowse said.

 

Joyce has coached his last game for City. Picture: Getty
Joyce has coached his last game for City. Picture: Getty

 

"In particular, under his stewardship a significant number of young players have made the transition to first team football and many have been recognised with National team selection."

Joyce was a polarising figure during his two-season tenure, which was dominated by several bitter splits with star players, including Bruno Fornaroli, Tim Cahill and Neil Kilkenny.

However Joyce's record stacked up, recording the fifth highest win percentage of any A-League manager to manage two season or more (43.86%), behind Graham Arnold, Ange Postecoglou, Kevin Muscat and Tony Popovic.

He also blooded a host of youngsters, and provided first-team opportunities for the likes of Daniel Arzani and Ramy Najjarine. 

WARREN JOYCE'S CITY RECORD

63 matches (A-League and FFA Cup)

Wins 29

Draws 11

Losses 23