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Joyce Turns Down Hull Job For Reserves

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer once turned down the offer of becoming the manager of the Norwegian national team in favour of staying in charge of our Reserves.

“I work for Manchester United and my career is going in the right direction,” he said. “It would have been exciting to take on a much bigger job than my current job, but I have a job at United.”

Two years later, when the time was right, Solskjaer was offered the job at Molde, where he went on to win their first ever league title in his first season.

Warren Joyce took over the Reserves, after joining our coaching staff from Royal Antwerp in 2006.

It has today been revealed that Joyce had been offered the Hull job, with Nigel Pearson ready to leave for Leicester, with Nicky Barmby as his assistant. Joyce, who is a bit of a legend at Hull, has turned down the opportunity to return. He captained the club the 1990′s and went on to be their player manager. Hull were bottom of the Fourth Division when he got the job but they managed to avoid relegation from the Football League with a few games to spare.

There were rumours that Paul Scholes would take over the Reserves if Joyce left but that obviously now won’t go ahead.

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  1. CedarsDevil says:

    Sadly I do not get to see the reserves these days so I have no clue as to what sort of a job Joyce is doing since Ole left, perhaps some can enlighten me. When the news broke that Scholes would take over I was over the moon…. Just hope its the right thing for the club

  2. NBI Red Onion says:

    thats one Hull of a man

  3. nm says:

    Joyce is doing well BUT I don’t think they are playing as well as under Ole. But then again that team with Tunni, Dudgeon etc was top class. His insistent on playing Diouf and benching Morrison bugs me but then again that has probably summat to do with Ravel’s attitude. Fuck knows. Fair play to Warren though.

  4. CedarsDevil says:

    Cheers for the insight King Eric…. Just wish that somehow I could get MUTV just for that

  5. Park Life says:

    Yeah cheers King Eric!

  6. Gerriered says:

    Big up WJ and keep doing a good job because reserves are the future.

  7. King Eric says:

    No worries lads.

  8. Utd4life says:

    Would have loved to see Scholesy taking over the reserve team but Joyce is doing a pretty good job at the moment. However, I would love it if we can incorporate Scholesy into the youth team setup as soon as possible. The advice and suggestions he could pass onto future Utd players will be more than beneficial to the club.

  9. Doghouse says:

    Of course we’d all love to see Scholesy move up in the world, but let’s not forget he’s new at the management side of things. We’ve got about thirty years of Scholes genius in the staff at United to look forward to, and just like any young player on the pitch he shouldn’t be pushed too far too soon.

  10. King Eric says:

    utd4life – Scholesy IS in the youth team set up. He is coaching them pal.

  11. James21 says:

    Can’t blame him. I’ve been to Hull and the best thing there was the Airfix Factory.

  12. redbilly says:

    James21- the idler’s first edition of Crap Towns named Hull as the no1 crap place to live. Never been there but I will take your word for it.

  13. James21 says:

    My home town was in the 2nd book, Stockport. :D


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