Melbourne City cut ties with Warren Joyce after “challenging couple of seasons”

Melbourne City cut ties with Warren Joyce after “challenging couple of seasons”

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Melbourne City and Warren Joyce have parted company, ending a two-year long partnership.

The Englishman took the helm at City at the beginning of the 2017-18 A-League season and enjoyed a promising campaign, finishing third.

However, a drop to fifth in the campaign recently concluded with elimination final defeat against Adelaide United was not as smooth.

City’s season under Joyce’s tutelage was plagued by inconsistency and brought with it no shortage of frustration from the terraces, rendering him unpopular.

City were unable to claim any trophies under Joyce and did not qualify for the Asian Champions League.

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Under Joyce’s watch, at least three key men – Neil Kilkenny, Bruno Fornaroli and Tim Cahill – left City after strained relationships with the coach were reported.

Third in the 2017-18 season appeared good enough to secure at least a play-off position into the ACL, but Melbourne Victory’s championship win from fourth dashed those hopes.

Reflecting on his time at City, Joyce mulled over a “challenging couple of seasons”, but declared success was close for the club.

“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,” he 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.”

City Director of Football Michael Petrillo thanked Joyce for his efforts, proceeding to declare ambitions for the Champions League remain at the forefront of the club’s thinking.

“Our ambition remains unchanged.  We want to be constantly competing for silverware and playing in the Asian Champions League, with a definitive brand of football.”

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