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Patrick Vieira to link up with Frank Lampard at New York City

Published 09/11/2015 | 16:05

Former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira
Former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira

Former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira has been named the new head coach of New York City, the Major League Soccer club have announced.

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The former Arsenal midfielder has left his role as head coach of the elite development squad at Manchester City and will join up with his new club on January 1, 2016 after signing a three-year deal.

Vieira is due to to travel to New York on Tuesday to meet the team's players, which includes Frank Lampard, David Villa and Andrea Pirlo, and spend time with sporting director Claudio Reyna and coach Rob Vartughian.

New York president Tom Glick was delighted to secure the services of Vieira ahead of the club's second MLS campaign.

"The open position of head coach at New York City FC has prompted significant interest and I have no doubt that in Patrick we have one of the most impressive young coaches I have encountered," he told the club's official website.

"Patrick's ability, vision and the respect in which he is held by everyone who works with him speaks volumes for his character and capacity to succeed."

Vieira, a former captain for both Arsenal and France, added: "I am delighted to take up the role of head coach of New York City FC. To work with this squad, with Claudio Reyna and Rob Vartughian and the fantastic support team that is in place, is an exciting prospect for any coach.

"This established football set up, together with a passionate and loyal fan base, located in a special city which I know well, makes for an unparalleled opportunity that I am delighted to seize with both hands.

"I cannot wait to get started."

Manchester City managing director Brian Marwood added on mcfc.co.uk: "I have no doubt that he will thrive at New York City FC and all of those who work with him in Manchester wish him all the very best in his new role.

"Work now begins in Manchester to find a successor to continue Patrick's fantastic work with the EDS, a squad which we consider as a crucial stepping stone to first-team football."

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