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Patrick Vieira and Fabio Capello early frontrunners to replace Jason Kreis at NYCFC

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New York City FC have made their first major decision following the end of their inaugural season in Major League Soccer by “parting ways” with head coach Jason Kreis.

A statement released on the club’s official website last night said: “New York City Football Club can confirm that they have parted company with Head Coach Jason Kreis.

“The announcement comes following a review conducted at the end of a disappointing campaign.

“Prior to the start of the season, it was agreed with the coaching team that the securing of a playoff place was an appropriate target for this year.

“A win rate of less than one in three games and a points tally which was the second lowest in the league is clearly not in line with the targets that were agreed.”

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The decision means NYCFC will need to look for a new man to lead the club in what will be their second season following an expansion campaign that failed to meet expectations.

Manchester City’s position as one of world football’s leading sides means that City Football Group could use the MLS team’s parent club to hire a new coach.

Patrick Vieira is has been strongly linked with the job after coaching Manchester City’s youth, reserve and development squads over the past four years.

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The Frenchman was interviewed for the Newcastle job in the summer but ultimately walked away from any offer. He is believed to be keen on coaching in the Premier League but could be swayed by the challenge of getting NYCFC’s group of stars to click.

Another big name being linked with the Eastern Conference side is former England manager Fabio Capello. The Italian tactician has been out of work since leaving his post as Russia manager in July and hasn’t managed at club level since leaving Real Madrid in 2007.

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NYCFC are believed to have already opened talks with Capello and the Italian is certainly not afraid of managing big-name stars – something NYCFC bosses could see as the primary trait any new coach must possess.

The club are unlikely to rush into a decision, though yesterday’s statement said that any new coach needs to be in place by the time preseason rolls around in January.

“The Club is committed to ensuring that a suitable candidate is in place in good time to prepare for the 2016 season and an announcement will be made when a candidate is confirmed.”

Do you think Jason Kreis deserved to be sacked? Who should NYCFC look to replace him with?

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3 Comments on Patrick Vieira and Fabio Capello early frontrunners to replace Jason Kreis at NYCFC

  1. If this were any other expansion team, I would be stunned at the lunacy of firing the coach after the first year. Since it’s Man City Jr., one can never expect lunacy to be removed from the equation. Horrible decision by NYCFC; I’d expect Kreis to be employed by another MLS side before the playoffs are done.

    • Agree that this wouldn’t happen with many other Expansion Franchises. Have to feel for Kreis. Didn’t seem to be able to do the things he wanted as a coach and has had to take the fall for the club’s failures this year. He’ll be better for the experience and will bounce back in MLS!

      • Think he’ll drop straight into Chicago or does another team (say, Colorado) pull the trigger?

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