Vieira Bags First European Managerial Job With Nice

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New York City FC have announced that Pep Guardiola's right-hand man at Manchester City, Domènec Torrent, has replaced Patrick Vieira as head coach at the club.

"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".

He then moved into coaching taking charge of the under-19 and under-21 Manchester City teams before coaching NY, which shares its owner with City.

The French legend has returned to his homeland after departing MLS side New York City.

Former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira has been appointed as the new manager of Ligue 1 side Nice.

The 41-year-old had been tipped to replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal before the appointment of Unai Emery. "We know that leaving the club has been a hard decision for him, but we understand his choice to return to Europe where he spent his whole playing career", team vice chairman Marty Edelman said.

Vieira's assistant coach Christian Lattanzio, performance coach Kristian Wilson and physical performance coach Matt Cook at NY will follow the Frenchman to Nice.

"I know we have a very talented team, I have watched numerous matches and I enjoy the way the team plays and I now can't wait to begin working with the players on the training pitch", the Catalan said in a release. His contract runs until the end of the 2020 season.

"A smooth transition was certainly a priority, particularly for a group of players who have had an excellent campaign so far", he said. "I know the sacrifices necessary to progress and I hope, of course, to help the young players express their talent and that I can guide them".

Torrent was a head coach at Girona in the Spanish third division in 2005-06. He also won 107 caps for France, winning the World Cup in 1998 and European Championship two years later.

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