He replaces Jason Kreis, who was fired after one season with the Major League Soccer expansion team. Having signed a three-year contract, Vieira will officially assume the manager’s job for NYCFC January 1.
Vieira joins NYCFC from his role as head coach of the Elite Development Squad at Manchester City Football Club, a position he took up following retirement from competitive play. He captained the French National team and was part of their World Cup winning side in 1998. Alongside a World Cup winners’ medal, his playing honors include a UEFA European Championship with France and at club level, three English Premier League titles, five FA Cup titles and three Serie A titles.
Speaking of the appointment, New York City FC President Tom Glick said,
“The open position of head coach at New York City FC has prompted significant interest and I have no doubt that in Patrick, we have one of the most impressive young coaches I have encountered,” said Tom Glick, NYCFC president. “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. 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.”
“I am delighted to take up the role of Head Coach of New York City FC,” said the new head coach. “To work with this squad, with Claudio Reyna and Rob Vartughian and the fantastic support team that is in place, is an exciting prospect for any coach.