Vieira Bags First European Managerial Job With Nice

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.

The 41-year-old former Arsenal and France captain, who took over as manager of the American Major League Soccer club in 2016, will replace Lucien Favre at Nice after the Swiss boss joined Bundesliga's Borussia Dortmund last month.

The 1998 FIFA World Cup victor succeeds Lucien Favre as Nice manager in his first managerial role in European football.

The former midfield dynamo started his playing career at Cannes then had a brief spell AC Milan before becoming the rock on which Arsenal built a decade of glory, starring for the Gunners from 1996-2005.

In 2011, he retired after a spell back in England with Manchester City and after winning 107 French caps.

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

As well as streamlining the squad drastically, the Frenchman has guided NYCFC to incrementally better league positions in every season he was in charge, from 17th to 4th to - as things stand, with 15 games played - second in the Eastern Conference. You are not only a great coach but also a fantastic person.

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

The controversial Italy worldwide hit 26 goals for Nice last season and has been linked with a summer move to rivals Marseille.

"I spoke with him to wish him happy holidays and to tell him that we are waiting for him on July 2".

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