New York City FC wasted little time in finding a new coach Monday, nabbing Manchester City assistant manager Domenec Torrent to be their new head man just hours after Patrick Vieira left NYCFC to take over Nice in Ligue 1.
The move makes sense in that both Man City and NYCFC are owned by the City Football Group.
Torrent has spent the last 11 seasons as an assistant to Pep Guardiola, winning 24 trophies in that time with Man City, Bayern Munich and Barcelona. According to the team, the 55-year-old Torrent signed with NYCFC through the 2020 season, pending completion of a U.S. work permit.
“Though I have enjoyed a wonderful 11 years working alongside my colleague and close friend Pep Guardiola, 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,” Torrent said in a release issued by NYCFC.
In four seasons together at Barcelona, Guardiola and Torrent cleaned up when it came to hardware — three La Liga titles, two UEFA Champions League trophies, two UEFA Super Cups, two Spanish Cups, three Spanish Super Cups and two FIFA Club World Cups.
Torrent’s last head-coaching job was with FC Girona in La Liga, in 2005-06.
NYCFC (8-3-4, 28 points) currently sit second in the Eastern Conference standings, two points behind Atlanta United. Vieira took over the club after a dreadful inaugural season and led it to back-to-back playoff appearances the last two seasons.
—Field Level Media