When New York City FC returns to action following the World Cup break the team will be greeted by a new head coach.
A day after earning a point in a 1-1 home draw vs. Eastern Conference-leading Atlanta United FC, it was announced that Patrick Vieira is leaving New York City for French club OGC Nice in Ligue 1. The move, which had been the focus of much discussion in recent weeks, was initially reported on the Manchester City website.
On Monday, NYCFC on its website officially announced Vieira’s departure in a statement that was similar to the one posted and then removed from the Man City website. New York City FC officials said an announcement on a new head coach would be forthcoming “in the very near future.”
In his two-plus seasons as the head man for the team from the Bronx, Vieira compiled a record of 39-22-22 (W-L-D) and qualified for the MLS postseason the past two years. However, the team despite finishing second in 2016 and 2017 failed to advance beyond the Eastern Conference semi-finals.
“Having the opportunity to be a head coach in New York is something many dream of,” Vieira said in the statement. “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.”
As of Sunday night, there was no statement regarding Vieira on the NYCFC website. ESPN reported that New York City’s sister club, Premier League side Manchester City, broke the news on its website but later removed the announcement.
The report also indicated that Vieira will be taking three assistants with him to France — Christian Lattanzio, Kristian Wilson, and Matt Cook.
While the former French International leaves New York City in the midst of a season when the team sits just two points out of first with an 8-3-4 (W-L-D), the club will not play its next match until June 24 at home vs. defending MLS Champion Toronto FC.
The story was updated to include additional information and add Vieira’s video interview.