Vieira to coach New York City FC

The Herald (South Africa) - - SPORT -

FOR­MER France in­ter­na­tional Pa­trick Vieira has joined New York City FC as head coach on a three-year deal from par­ent club Manch­ester City.

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 stars such as Frank Lam­pard and An­drea Pirlo yet failed to make the play­offs.

“Pa­trick’s abil­ity, vi­sion and the re­spect in which he is held . . . speaks vol­umes for his char­ac­ter and ca­pac­ity to suc­ceed,” New York City FC pres­i­dent Tom Glick said.

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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