NYCFC names Man City assistant Torrent as new head coach

Rex Christensen
June 12, 2018

Nice finished eighth in Ligue 1 this season, missing out on Europa League qualification by just one point.

New Nice coach Patrick Vieira insists he does not want to be judged on his glittering playing career after taking over the hotseat at the Ligue 1 club.

Torrent, 55, replaces Vieira, who left NYCFC to join OGC Nice in Ligue 1 after spending the last two and half years in NY.

"That coach is Patrick Vieira", the Riviera club said.

After winning three Premier League titles and three FA Cups with Arsenal, he joined Juventus for a season as the club topped Serie A but were stripped of the title and then had four years with Inter Milan each of which ended with a Serie A crown. "I'm very happy to be here".

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"Though I have enjoyed a wonderful 11 years working alongside my colleague and close friend Pep Guardiola - it has always been my ambition to manage a team again and I really couldn't have hoped for a better opportunity than at this football club", Torrent told the official New York City FC website.

"Leaving New York is an incredibly hard decision for me and my family and one that has not been taken lightly", said Vieira.

"Vieira departs after two and a half years at the helm having led the team to two consecutive play-off appearances and with a current second place standing in the Eastern Conference".

Vieira is set to take his three assistants with him to Nice - Christian Lattanzio, Kristian Wilson, and Matt Cook - all of whom previously worked for him with Manchester City's youth squad.

As the City Football Group continued to grow, branching out into Major League Soccer with NYCFC, Vieira would eventually become head coach of he American side in 2016.

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