Salford City have announced they are launching a development squad coached by Warren Joyce ahead of their EFL debut next season.
The newly-promoted League Two club have established the side to help the transition from academy level to senior football for the 2019/20 season and beyond.
Salford have confirmed that Joyce will lead the squad following his exit from his role as Melbourne City manager at the end of last season.
Joyce has also previously managed Wigan Athletic, but he truly made his name in management in his role as Manchester United Reserves boss between 2008 and 2016.
The 54-year-old has links to Salford as a result of his time at Old Trafford, with the likes of Gary Neville, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs all owning shares in the Moor Lane outfit.
The Ammies confirmed the news via their Twitter account on Wednesday afternoon:
— Salford City FC (@SalfordCityFC) July 10, 2019
Plenty of Twitter users reacted to the news, with many praising Salford for securing the appointment of such a high-profile development coach.
Here are some of the responses…
Wow ! Now that’s a signing ????
— Dean Gill (@DeanGillTG) July 10, 2019
Damn, a legitimate world class coach, Salford are not playing around…congrats, ????????????
— Nayr ???????????????????????????? (@EzPzJoystiq) July 10, 2019
Unbelievable appointment ????⚽️????
— John Grant (@JGakamoto9) July 10, 2019
Great appointment shows ambition ????⚽️
— Dave Bailey (@DaveJBailey13) July 10, 2019
United missed a trick here.
— Incandescent of Tunbridge Wells (@dhb987) July 10, 2019
So you can buy your way to Development league success?
— UCL Champions for Liverpool Now! (@j_6700) July 10, 2019
Great appointment for you guys
— Matt (@matt_johnson_89) July 10, 2019