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Warren Joyce and Melbourne City part ways after a frustrating A-League season

8:42 AM MYT 08/05/2019
Warren Joyce Melbourne City
The English coach will be leaving the club he has managed for the past two seasons

Melbourne City and coach Warren Joyce have decided to go their separate ways after an inconsistent A-League season saw the club knocked out at the first stage of finals.

The English manager has been under significant pressure this season following a fallout with Uruguayan star Bruno Fornaroli, criticism of his dour playing style and runs of poor form punctuating their campaign.

The club announced Joyce's departure on Wednesday following the extra-time 1-0 elimination final defeat to Adelaide United last weekend - failing to match the previous campaign's achievement of reaching the semi-final.

"Warren leaves Melbourne City FC having helped the club progress against many of our organisational ambitions, and we are grateful for his dedication and passion for the club’s development over the past two years," chief executive Brad Rowse said.

"In particular, under his stewardship a significant number of young players have made the transition to first-team football and many have been recognised with national team selection."

Several youngsters have taken positive steps while under Joyce at Melbourne City, including Celtic winger Daniel Arzani, Lachlan Wales and Ramy Najjarine.

Joyce spoke about the difficult times managing the club, but was adamant Melbourne City were in good shape to achieve success.

"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," Joyce 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."

The former Wigan boss and Manchester United coach took Melbourne City to third and fifth place finishes in the league during his two seasons at the helm.

Joyce, 54, has been linked with a return to the Red Devils as an assistant coach under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.