New York City FC has appointed Patrick Vieira as the new manager. This is the first manager job for the ex-Arsenal player.
Vieira, 39, is an Arsenal legend, having won three league titles during his playing days with the Gunners. After retiring, he took up a coaching role at Manchester City, working with the youth and reserve teams.
“I am delighted to take up the role of head coach of New York City FC,” Vieira told nycfc.com. “To work with this squad, with Claudio Reyna and Rob Vartughian and the fantastic support team that is in place, is an exciting prospect for any coach.
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. I cannot wait to get started.”
Sporting Director Claudio Reyna was full of praise for his new hire.
“Patrick was a legendary player and has all the characteristics required to make a fantastic head coach,” Reyna said. “His exemplary drive, passion and dedication have always marked him out as a rare talent and all of those qualities, alongside his understanding of the game, make him a natural choice.
Patrick is a natural born leader. He has played under some of the best managers in the world and experienced different leagues and playing styles, enjoying success everywhere he has been. We believe he can bring that knowledge and experience to take New York City FC forward in MLS. We are looking forward to him joining us in the coming weeks.”