New York City FC today announced that Head Coach Patrick Vieira is leaving the Club to join OGC Nice, effective immediately. Vieira departs after two and a half years at the helm having led the team to two consecutive playoff appearances and with a current second place standing in the Eastern Conference.
Though Vieira joined NYCFC at the beginning of 2016, he has been a part of City Football Group for more than eight years beginning as a Manchester City player in 2010, followed by a position as an ambassador at the club, a role which saw him work in multiple football departments and which enabled him to make an informed choice about his next career steps.
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.
New York City FC Vice Chairman Marty Edelman spoke of Vieira’s leadership skills and expressed his gratitude.
Patrick has been a fantastic role model at NYCFC and a true leader on and off the field. We know that leaving the Club has been a difficult decision for him but we understand his choice to return to Europe where he spent his whole playing career. On behalf of all at CFG and NYCFC I would like to thank Patrick for his hard work and commitment while at the Club. We wish him every success in the future and look forward to following his coaching career.
Vieira paid tribute to the NYCFC fans that have made his time in New York so memorable.
“Having the opportunity to be a Head Coach in New York is something many dream of. 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.”