Bruce eyes Devils’ Joyce as his No 2 if he gets Villa job

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports -

As­ton Villa’s man­ager-in-waiting Steve Bruce could bring in Manch­ester United re­serve team boss War­ren Joyce as his No2 at Villa Park.

Villa are close to con­firm­ing 55-year-old Bruce as their next man­ager and the for­mer United leg­end has the back­ing of owner Tony Xia and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Keith Wy­ness to bring his own staff after the Cham­pi­onship club’s dis­mal start to the sea­son un­der Roberto Di Mat­teo.

Two of Bruce’s back­room team from his last club Hull City, Mike Phe­lan’s cur­rent as­sis­tant Stephen Cle­mence and goal­keep­ing coach Gary Walsh, are ex­pected to link up again with their for­mer man­ager in the Mid­lands. But it is the in­ter­est in Joyce that is par­tic­u­larly in­trigu­ing, the 51-year-old has helped in the de­vel­op­ment of sev­eral high-pro­file young­sters at United in­clud­ing Paul Pogba, Mar­cus Rash­ford, Ad­nan Januzaj and Rob­bie Brady since start­ing work with the cliv’s un­der-21 side in 2010.

Renowned as a man-mo­ti­va­tor like Bruce him­self, he sur­vived a shake-up in United’s youth setup ear­lier this year. But with for­mer Class of 92 mem­ber Nicky Butt tak­ing an in­creas­ing role and re­port­ing to ex­ec­u­tive Ed Wood­ward, United may al­low Joyce to make the fi­nal de­ci­sion on his fu­ture. Mid­dles­brough’s as­sis­tant Steve Agnew could be an al­ter­na­tive.Bruce ac­knowl­edged over the week­end his in­ter­est in tak­ing over at Villa after an ex­tended sum­mer break fol­low­ing his res­ig­na­tion at Hull in July. After go­ing through a thor­ough process, Villa have con­cluded that no other can­di­date has the same ex­per­tise of win­ning pro­mo­tion to the Premier League as Bruce - a feat he has achieved four times.

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