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