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.