NYCFC’s Vieira leaves MLS for Ligue 1 job at Nice

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Patrick Vieira gave two and a half years of his coaching career to New York City FC, and now the Arsenal and France legend is headed for a job in Europe.

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City Football Group, the group which owns NYCFC and Manchester City (among others), announced that Vieira will leave his post immediately after accepting the manager’s job at Ligue 1 side Nice. Vieira’s interest, as well as advanced negotiations between the manager and club, were reported by PST’s Matt Reed in mid-May.

Vieira compiled a record of 39W-22D-27L in his 88 games in charge at Yankee Stadium. He will take most of his first-team staff with him.

Rodolfo Borrell, currently an assistant coach at Man City, is the favorite to replace Vieira.

“From the beginning, City Football Group and its leadership, particularly our Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak, Brian Marwood, Ferran Soriano and Marty Edelman have believed in me and have helped guide me through the last eight years of my career — starting with my time as a player and ultimately culminating with my first opportunity to manage a First Team,” Vieira said in a release.

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“Khaldoon and I have been fortunate to know Patrick since he joined City Football Group in 2010,” NYCFC vice-chairman Marty Edelman said. “After being one of the most revered and successful players in the world, it has been a pleasure for us to watch his transition into coaching.”

“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.”