New York City FC didn't wait long to name a replacement for departing Patrick Vieira
, announcing Manchester. City assistant Domenec Torrent
as its new head coach within hours after the
Frenchman was introduced as the new Nice coach on Monday.
Despite his earlier denials, Vieira's move to Nice had been in the works for several weeks, and the delay in the announcement
allowed City Football Group, the parent of both NYCFC and Man City, to line up a replacement from within the CFG family.
In contrast to Vieira, who was 39 when he was hired in 2016 and
has held ambitions to coach at the highest levels of European soccer after his first head coaching job, Torrent, who signed a contract through the 2020 season, is 55.
hometown club Girona for one season, Torrent linked up with Pep Guardiola
as his assistant on the Barcelona B team in 2007 and has been at Guardiola's side since then, first at Barcelona
(2008-12), then Bayern Munich (2013-16) and most recently Man City.
“Though I have enjoyed a wonderful 11 years working alongside my colleague and close friend Pep Guardiola," said
Torrent, "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.
“I know we have a
very talented team, I have watched many of the 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. Though I have been
fortunate enough to visit New York on numerous occasions, I am looking forward to living and coaching in this special city and meeting the fans as soon as possible. I am eager to experience and play a
part in the soccer culture of New York.”
NYCFC sporting director Claudio Reyna
stressed that Torrent is someone NYCFC knows well.
“He has a very clear idea
of the style of play he wants," said Reyna. "He’s a coach who will want to play the attacking and possession style of soccer that we want to continue to build upon. Domenec has been part of
building some of the most memorable teams in soccer. He also comes from clubs that have a philosophy of giving an opportunity to younger talent, so this will continue to give opportunities to our
younger players and is exciting for our academy.”