Patrick Vieira Departs New York City FC to Join OGC Nice

New York City FC today announced that Head Coach Patrick Vieira is leaving the Club to join OGC Nice, effective immediately.

"I would like to thank City Football Group and New York City FC for the opportunity to have coached this tremendous football club, ' Vieira said in a statement".

Announcing Vieira's departure on their official website, New York City were quick to thank the former World Cup victor for his endeavours.

Torrent, former coach of Girona and assistant coach at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, comes to NY from sister club Manchester City, where he was an assistant to Pep Guardiola. He was also briefly linked to the Arsenal position following Arsene Wenger's departure.

The Ligue 1 side have confirmed that Vieira has taken over from Lucien Favre, who steered the Eagles to an eighth-place finish in the French top tier last season before departing for Borussia Dortmund.

"Nice were looking for a coach with the ability to continue to produce attractive football, to bring through youngsters by taking risks to help them grow, and someone who lives and breathes to win", President Jean-Pierre Rivere said on the club's website.

"Patrick has been a fantastic role model at NYCFC and a true leader on and off the field".

It was an honor to play for you and your staff (Christian Lattanzio, Kristian Wilson & Matthew Cook).

"I am fulfilled, happy", said Vieira. "I know we have a very talented team".

Torrent was born in Girona and played as a midfielder at provincial sides UE Olot and AD Guixols before moving into coaching at Palafrugell CF, Palamos CF and Girona FC. His contract runs until the end of the 2020 season.

Edelman was pleased to move so quickly to replace Vieira.

"Domènec is someone we know really well and have great confidence in as both a person and as a coach".

The Frenchman earned 107 caps for his nation and was part of the team that won the 1998 World Cup and the European Championship two years later.