No guarantee: Joyce’s Melbourne City future to be decided at season’s end

No guarantee: Joyce’s Melbourne City future to be decided at season’s end


Despite reports to the contrary, Melbourne City head coach Warren Joyce is far from certain to be at the helm of the A-League club next season with contract talks on hold and his future undecided. 

According to a report published by The World Game on Wednesday, Joyce is set to be handed a new one-year deal at the end of the A-League season.

However, sources have indicated the Englishman’s City future is not as clear as that, with contract renewals to be put off until the end of the 2018-19 season when the situation will be assessed and determined.

“The club has indicated all transfer and contract renewal decisions will be made at the end of the season,” the source said.

The 54-year-old’s City contract concludes at the end of the current season.

City have locked away a finals berth – currently sitting sixth on 37 points – but the club has suffered from inconsistent form throughout the campaign.

With two games remaining against Wellington Phoenix and Central Coast Mariners, City could climb as high as fourth if other results go their way.

Joyce has been in charge at City since 2017, but has failed to secure silverware and was unable to earn a coveted place in the 2019 Asian Champions League.

A number of high-profile players have departed City under Joyce, at least three of which are thought to have had a fractious relationship with the former Wigan Athletic manager at some stage.

Those names include Bruno Fornaroli and Neil Killenny (now both with Perth Glory) as well as Tim Cahill, who has since retired from football.