Vieira joins New York City as head coach

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NEW YORK: 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, who had been head of Manch­ester City’s Elite De­vel­op­ment Squad and had been talked of as a pos­si­ble can­di­date to take the top job at the Eti­had, re­places sacked coach Ja­son Kreis. 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. —AFP

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