As New York City FC continues expanding its Academy, the Major League Soccer side has named a new director of coaching who has experience working in the English Premier League.
Liam Manning is joining NYCFC’s Academy pending receipt of his Visa. He most recently was the U-23 coach for West Ham United of the Premier League. During his tenure, Manning’s U-23 side won the Premier League Cup title and he oversaw the development of players from the youth ranks to the first team including English international Declan Rice.
While at West Ham, Manning also served as the head of coaching U-17 to U-23 and as an assistant academy manager. In his nearly four years at the club, he was involved in the day-to-day operations of the academy including training programs, loan decisions, schedule management, and coaching staff mentoring.
“It’s a club that has big plans for its academy and I’m looking forward to building upon the great work that has already been done,” Manning said of New York City FC. “I’m ready to begin and start developing the youngsters to help them reach their goal of one day playing for the NYCFC first team.”
With New York City, Manning will work closely with Sporting Director Claudio Reyna and Academy Director Sam Pugsley to ensure the academy’s playing style and philosophy across all ages is aligned with the club’s footballing ethos, the club said.
“We are very excited to have Liam join us,” said Pugsley. “He is an experienced coach with a track record of success in the English leagues and brings with him a proven style and methodology. Liam will focus on the academy’s coaching programs, both team and individual as well as technical and tactical.”
Manning’s coaching career began at Ipswich Town in 2006. During his eight-and-a-half-year career at the Suffolk-based Club, Manning progressed from head coach of the U-13s to lead youth development coach.
In addition to developing players from the youth ranks to the first team, Manning oversaw the coaching development of former England international Paul Konchesky who is involved in the West Ham Academy and Anthony Limbrick, the first team assistant manager of English League Two side Grimsby Town F.C.