Vieira joins New York City as head coach

Former France international Patrick Vieira has joined New York City FC as head coach on a three-year deal from parent club Manchester City.

Patrick Vieira, who was the head of Manchester City's Elite Development Squad, will now be the head coach of New York City FC.   -  AP (FILE PHOTO)

Former France international Patrick Vieira has joined New York City FC as head coach on a three-year deal from parent club Manchester City, it was announced Monday.

Vieira was the head of Manchester City's Elite Development Squad and was seen as a possible candidate to take up the top job at the Etihad. But he will now replace sacked coach Jason Kreis at New York. It follows a disappointing season in the MLS for New York City, who invested heavily in star names such as Frank Lampard and Andrea Pirlo, yet failed to make the postseason playoffs.

"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," New York City FC President Tom Glick said. "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."

Former France and Arsenal captain Vieira, a member of Les Bleus victorious 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000-winning squads, said he was looking forward to starting his new job.

"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," he said in a statement. "I cannot wait to get started."

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