‘I never thought Latics would be a threat under Joyce’

Warren Joyce, wearing an eye-patch following recent surgery
Warren Joyce, wearing an eye-patch following recent surgery

Neil Warnock has admitted he was “delighted” when Latics appointed Warren Joyce – because he didn’t think they could be a threat.

Warnock’s Cardiff City were just a point above Wigan Athletic when ex-Manchester United youth coach Joyce took charge in November.

I like Warren but you can’t just put someone into the Championship who’s never been there

They have since climbed to 13th while Latics remain in the bottom-three, with just nine games to go – including the visit of Cardiff next month.

“No disrespect but when Wigan appointed him, I was delighted,” Warnock told BBC Radio Wales.

“I didn’t think they were going to be a threat to us.

“I like Warren but you can’t just put someone into the Championship who’s never been there - it’s nothing like youth football.”

Graham Barrow will be at the helm for the rest of the season following the sacking of Joyce yesterday.