Monday, November 9, 2015 5:32 pm
New York City Football Club has announced the appointment of ex-Arsenal and France international, Patrick Vieira as the new head coach on a three-year contract.
Vieira who has been head coach of the Elite Development Squad at Manchester City Football Club, is expected to resume his new role in January.
The 39 year-old former footballer joined Manchester City after his retirement from an unrivalled playing career that saw him compete at the highest level in Italy, the UK and France.
He captained the French National team and was part of their World Cup winning side in 1998. Alongside a World Cup winners’ medal, his playing honours 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.
Vieira, who is known for his leadership and motivational skills at the highest senior level, also has extensive experience developing youth talent. His Elite Development Squad has secured a Premier League International Cup under his leadership and is currently top of its group in the UEFA Youth League.
Patrick will travel to New York Tuesday to meet his playing squad and to spend time with Sporting Director Claudio Reyna and Goalkeeping coach Rob Vartughian.
Speaking of the appointment, New York City FC 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.”
Echoing these thoughts, Sporting Director Claudio Reyna said,
“Patrick was a legendary player and has all the characteristics required to make a fantastic Head Coach. 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.”
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.”
Vieira was born in Dakar Senegal in 1976 to a Senegalese father and Cape Verdean mother. The parents moved to France when he was eight years old.