Head Coach Patrick Vieira Parts Ways with NYCFC

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Patrick Vieira Parts Ways With NYCFC; New Coach Named

June 11, 2018 - 11:34 am
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By WFAN.com

New York City FC’s Patrick Vieira is leaving after 2 1/2 seasons as head coach.

Vieira has accepted the head-coaching job with OGC Nice in France. Under Vieira’s leadership, NYCFC made two consecutive playoff runs and currently sits in second place in MLS' Eastern Conference.

"Leaving New York is an incredibly difficult decision for me and for my family and one that has not been taken lightly.” Vieira told NYCFC.com.

He added that he “would like to thank the City Football Group and New York City FC for the opportunity to have coached this tremendous football club" and he also said he appreciated the "incredibly passionate fans (who) have made this one of the most special experiences I’ve had in football."

NYCFC announced that Vieira's head-coaching spot will be filled by Domènec Torrent, former head coach of Girona FC and former assistant coach for both Barcelona FC and Bayern Munich. Most recently, he worked alongside Pep Guardiola as an assistant coach for Manchester City FC. Torrent has signed to stay with the team until 2020 once he is granted a U.S. work permit.  

Vieria also is bringing assistant coach Christian Lattanzio, performance coach Kristian Wilson and physical performance coach Matt Cook with him to Nice.

NYCFC is only one of the many organizations that Vieira has been a part of. Most notably, he was selected as the Arsenal captain and was a star midfielder for the club. Toward the end of his career on the field, he was brought to the City Football Group when he was transferred to Manchester City in 2010. There, he took his next step after he retired as a player, becoming an ambassador to the club before officially joining the coaching staff for Manchester City’s Elite Development Squad. Next he moved to NYCFC, where he was able to secure his first head coaching job.

NYCFC vice chairman Marty Edelman said he remains hopeful about the team's future.

“Patrick leaves us in great shape to continue our encouraging campaign and our goals for the season remain the same," Edelman told NYCFC.com. "We have the most talented and balanced roster of players since the Club was formed. There has been a strategic and long-term approach to building a squad which Patrick has supported.”

Edelman also thanked Vieira for his “hard work and commitment while at the club” and wished him success in the rest of his coaching career.