New no-fuss boss Warren Joyce believes he can rebuild Melbourne City as A-League title contenders by taking them back to basics.
Joyce is hardly the type of high-profile signing befitting City Football Group's extravagant global reputation.
Yet the 52-year-old Englishman comes with a well-credentialled reputation as a youth-development guru after eight years as Manchester United's youth team coach (2008-2016) and a stint in charge of Leeds United's youngsters.
With names like Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford among his Old Trafford products, City's two-year appointment hints at a future focus on bringing young Australian talent through its wider ranks.
His senior managerial experience is comparably small, comprising a "learning curve" at the helm of Belgian club Royal Antwerp (2006-2008), four ill-fated months in charge of Wigan Athletic (2016-2017) and a brief spell as player-manager at Hull City (1998-2000).
At City Joyce will be expected to deliver a maiden title, overseeing a group of players ranging in age from 20 to 37 and following on from last season's FFA Cup triumph and late-season crumble.
It's a quest the former Bolton Wanderers, Preston North End, Plymouth Argyle, Burnley and Hull midfielder says will only be realised through sheer drive and consistency.
"Winning things isn't an easy thing and it's not an automatic - the name of a badge doesn't give you the dying right to win championships and titles," Joyce told AAP.
"A lot of things go into doing that and every team in the league wants to do that.
"I'm just concentrating on tomorrow's training, and then the day after that, seeing consistent things happen day in, day out.
"If teams do that, there's a pretty good chance they're going to do it in game situations and that's all I'm striving for at the minute."
Joyce took City's first pre-season training session on Monday morning mere hours after landing in Australia on Sunday night, flanked by assistant and former interim coach Michael Valkanis.
With a reputation as a hard-nosed, tough-talking leader, he hoped he might be described as "honest, enthusiastic and competitive".
He was less forthcoming about his football doctrine and said legal reasons prevented him from referencing his time at and subsequent sacking from Wigan.
But hurdles such as salary-cap restrictions and pressure for results didn't faze him.
Neither did external suggestions that he may not be glamorous enough for the mega-money club.
"I've come in with a purpose, with my own aims of what I want to achieve and try and leave a mark if I possibly can on Australian football and the players I work with," Joyce said.
"People's perceptions you can't affect, whatever their expectations were."
Manchester City football chief Brian Marwood said Joyce was "the right manager at the right time for Melbourne City".