Patrick Vieira appointed as new New York City FC manager

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Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira has been appointed as New York City FC's new manager and will take up the role next year.

The towering Frenchman has signed a three-year deal with the Major League Soccer side and will replace American Jason Kreis.

The 39-year-old has previous coaching experience after managing Manchester City's youth and reserve teams for the past four years, but this will be his maiden attempt in command of a first team.


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The legendary midfielder, who won seven league titles during his playing career, has some of the MLS's most talented and experienced players at his disposal.

Andrea Pirlo, Frank Lampard and David Villa all signed for New York City at the start of last season and have four Champions League winners' medals between them.

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If Vieira can achieve nearly half as much as what he did as a player, he will be a very successful manager. The tough-tackling midfielder was part of Arsenal's legendary invincible squad and is known as one of the Premier League's all-time greats.

Last season, New York City finished 8th in the Eastern Conference and 17th overall in the MLS. Not a bad result for the club's first ever season after being founded in December 2013.

Vieira, who will be hoping to build on New York's debut campaign, was highly sought after. He was reportedly interviewed for the vacant Newcastle job in the summer and was also linked to the Sunderland vacancy last month, but both clubs opted to appoint more experienced managers.

Many will be keen to see how Vieira gets on in New York and due to his legendary status, most will want the Frenchman to succeed. Perhaps everyone bar Roy Keane.

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