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Vieira: The New Man In Charge



Amidst rumors that Fabio Capello was going to become the new manager of NYCFC, the club decided to turn to former Arsenal and Manchester City midfielder Patrick Vieira to become the second manager in club history. Vieira, 39, who is leaving his role as head coach of Manchester City’s Under-21 squad, signed a three-year contract with New York. Vieira is no stranger to winning either. Alongside a World Cup winners’ medal, his playing honors include a UEFA European Championship with France and at Club level, three English Premier League titles, five FA Cup titles and three Serie A titles. In response to the signing, NYCFC President Tom Glick said,

The open position of head coach at New York City FC has prompted significant interest and I have no doubt that in Patrick, we have one of the most impressive young coaches I have encountered. 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. 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.”

Talking of his new role, Patrick Vieira said,

“I am delighted to take up the role of Head Coach of New York City FC. 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.”

It will be interesting to see how Vieira handles coaching in the United States and working with stars he played against like David Villa, Andrea Pirlo, and Frank Lampard. He is replacing the prototypical MLS coach in former manager Jason Kreis, who spent his playing and coaching career in the league. Although he is unlike most coaches in the league, he is a natural born leader who is due for success with his new club.

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