Patrick Vieira takes over as coach of New York City FC

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Former Arsenal and Manchester City midfielder Patrick Vieira has been newly appointed as head coach of New York City FC and will start his new role effective January 1, 2016.

Signing a three-year contract deal with New York City, Vieira leaves his head coach role with the Manchester City’s Under 21s.

Vieira replaces Jason Kreiss. Speaking on his new role Vieira says, “I am delighted to take up the role of head coach of New York City FC. To work with this squad, with [sporting director] Claudio Reyna and [assistant coach] Rob Vartughian and the fantastic support team that is in place, is an exciting prospect for any coach.”

“It is an exciting prospect for any coach.”

Claudio Reyna, the sporting director adds, “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.”

The New York City squad also includes ex-Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, ex-Barcelona forward David Villa and Andrea Pirlo, the man who helped Italy win the 2006 World Cup.

Citing Vieira as a special individual and a real talent, Vieira’s ex boss Manchester City’s Sporting Director Brian Marwood says, “I have no doubt that he will thrive at New York City FC and all of those who work with him in Manchester wish him all the very best in his new role.”

Vieira has to his credit seven major honours at Arsenal from 1996-2005. He also won the Series A title with Juventus in 2006 and helped Inter Milan win three domestic titles and Manchester city the FA Cup in 2011.

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