Reyna: New York City wants to name first manager by early 2014

The expansion club's director of football wants to bring in a head coach more than a year before the team begins play.
New York City's newly-named Director of Football Claudio Reyna wants to have the team's first manager in place more than a year before the club kicks off.

"Ideally, I'd like to see a coach in place by the first few months of next year," he said on Friday ahead of Manchester City's friendly with Chelsea at Yankee Stadium. "They can get to know the club, also be a part of the process of building the team and identifying players from within the league that we're gonna get through the expansion draft, as well as having an input on the type of players and the players they'd like to bring to the club."

Although he didn't name his criteria for managerial candidates, Reyna explained that he wanted a coaching staff that combined the club's lofty ambitions with positive "human qualities."

"The culture we create at the club is very important," he continued. "Bringing people to the club with really great human qualities is very important, first of all. From there, we can build a team. It's very important that the people who come on board are good people, that are eager, motivated, hungry. That's what's going on in Manchester, at the club there. And from then, obviously on the field, to have similar playing styles."