New York City FC’s managerial search lasted no longer than a week as Patrick Vieira has been appointed as the club’s new head coach on a three-year contract following the exit of Jason Kreis last Monday.
Vieira has yet to manage a club at senior level and will join NYCFC on January 1 after four years of coaching work with Manchester City’s youth and development squads.
Vieira has been the head coach of Manchester City’s Elite Development Squad for over two years and despite reports claiming he wanted to stay in England if he was to move into first-team management, the Frenchman has now opted to take up the challenge of trying to lead NYCFC to MLS glory.
The former Arsenal midfielder was heavily linked with the vacant Newcastle United job in the summer but he eventually rejected the opportunity.
He will now move from Manchester City to join their sister club in Major League Soccer. NYCFC endured a disappointing debut campaign in MLS after failing to make the playoffs and Vieira will now be tasked with unifying the squad ahead of their second ever season.
It will be interesting to see how Vieira manages fellow midfield legends such as Andrea Pirlo and Frank Lampard but his appointment is undoubtedly an exciting one for fans on both sides of the Atlantic.
Arsenal supporters will be intrigued to see how the 39-year-old fares considering he has been linked with the job at the Emirates once Arsene Wenger leaves his post.
A report in the Daily Mirror a few weeks ago claimed Arsenal were looking to bring Vieira back to North London in a coaching role to learn from Wenger, with the aim to see him eventually replace the 66-year-old.
His move to MLS with New York City will put an end to those reports for now as Vieira enters the world of first-team management with a real challenge on his hands.
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