NYC FC manager Patrick Vieira has announced that he will be leaving the club to take charge of French side OGC Nice. The former Arsenal captain joined New York City in 2016, after a stint as coach of the Manchester City reserve side. He departs with a record of 40 wins, 23 draws, and 28 defeats.
Ever since Patrick Vieira embarked on a career on the other side of the touchline, is was clear that he was destined for big things. A talismanic figure during his playing days, Vieira’s tactical knowledge, winning mentality, and unparalleled passion for football, signalled a bright future in management.
When Vieira joined NYC FC in 2016, the club had finished their inaugural MLS season in a disappointing eighth place. By making a number of important signings and lowering the average age of his squad, Vieira injected new life into the club, leading to two consecutive appearances in the MLS Cup play-offs.
The 41-year-old is now set to join Ligue 1 side OGC Nice with immediate effect. Vieira will be joined by his NYC assistants Christian Lattanzio, Kristian Wilson, and Matt Cook.
“Having the opportunity to be a head coach in New York is something many dream of. Our incredibly passionate fans have made this one of the most special experiences I’ve had in football. Thank you to each and every one of you that stands by the team day in and day out,” said Vieira.
“From the fantastic staff in the front office, the outstanding sporting department lead by Claudio Reyna and the immensely talented players, New York City FC is a club with a wonderful future ahead of it – I will always be a fan and it will hold a special place in my heart.”
“I would like to thank City Football Group and New York City FC for the opportunity to have coached this tremendous football club. Leaving New York is an incredibly difficult decision for me and for my family and one that has not been taken lightly,” he continued.
“From the beginning, City Football Group and its leadership, particularly our Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak, Brian Marwood, Ferran Soriano and Marty Edelman have believed in me and have helped guide me through the last eight years of my career – starting with my time as a player and ultimately culminating with my first opportunity to manage a first team.”