Former France international Patrick Vieira has joined New York City FC as head coach on a three-year deal from parent club Manchester City, it was announced Monday.
Vieira, who had been head of Manchester City’s Elite Development Squad and had been talked of as a possible candidate to take the top job at the Etihad, replaces sacked coach Jason Kreis.
It follows a disappointing season in the MLS for New York City, who invested heavily in star names such as Frank Lampard and Andrea Pirlo yet failed to make the post-season play-offs.
“Patrick’s ability, vision and the respect in which he is held by everyone who works with him, speaks volumes for his character and capacity to succeed,” New York City FC President Tom Glick said.
“I am excited to work with him and I know the energy he will bring to the role will have a hugely positive impact across the Club.”
Former France and Arsenal captain Vieira, a member of Les Bleus victorious 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000-winning squads said he was looking forward to starting his new job.
“This established football set up, together with a passionate and loyal fan base, located in a special city which I know well, makes for an unparalleled opportunity that I am delighted to seize with both hands,” he said in a statement. “I cannot wait to get started.”
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