Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
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Vieira appointed Nice manager after leaving New York City FC

Vieira appointed Nice manager after leaving New York City FC

"From the fantastic staff in the front office, the outstanding sporting department lead by Claudio Reyna and the immensely talented players, New York City FC is a Club with a wonderful future ahead of it - I will always be a fan and it will hold a special place in my heart".

Nice released a statement describing the 1998 World Cup victor as a "monument of French football", whose dynamism and charisma had made him the obvious choice.

Even if Torrent does stumble this year, the fact that he's CFG's man, rather than an external appointment trying to fit the system, should buy him plenty of time to turn things around.

The former Arsenal, Juventus and Inter Milan star returns to France after a 23-year career overseas as a player and a manager.

Balotelli and Vieira played together at City and Inter Milan.

"As for my honours with clubs or with Les Bleus, that will give me the confidence of the players for three months", he said.

Former Arsenal and France star Patrick Vieira, world and European champion with Les Bleus, has taken the reins at top flight Nice, the French club said Monday.

He subsequently took his first coaching position as head of the Manchester City Elite Development Squad and ultimately fulfilled his goal of becoming a Head Coach of a first team by joining NYCFC.

Announcing Vieira's departure on their official website, New York City were quick to thank the former World Cup victor for his endeavours. "I've learned from all of my former coaches".

"Though I have been fortunate enough to visit NY on numerous occasions, I am looking forward to living and coaching in this special city and meeting the fans as soon as possible".

Good stuff. A smart coach with a clear talent for it, here's wishing Vieira the very best in his new role.

Vieira, a powerful, battling midfielder with a deft touch on the ball, expressed a similar vision. "Nice has set the bar pretty high in recent years in terms of attractive football".

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