New York City Football Club has announced the appointment of their new head coach, Premier League legend Patrick Vieira.
The Frenchman has signed a three-year contract with the club and will start his new job on January 1, 2016, for the franchise's second campaign in MLS.
Knowing what it is like to succeed and win trophies at club and international level is a big bonus, as Vieira will look to bring that experience into his role at one of the newest franchises in MLS in order to try and deliver success early.
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He has already had some success at managerial level too, as he was the head coach of the Elite Development Squad at Manchester City. Here, he won the Premier League International Cup.
New York City are part of the City Football Group, which was founded by Manchester City owner Sheik Mansour.
The former Arsenal captain said of his new role: “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's role at NYCFC will be to improve upon the team's eighth position finish in the Eastern Conference for their first season in MLS and get them into the playoffs. Former manager Jason Kreis was sacked last month as he was unable to achieve this.
The former Arsenal captain will travel to New York tomorrow, where he will meet Reyna, Vartughian, and his new squad for the first time.