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New York City FC names Domenec Torrent new head coach

12:50 PM EDT 6/11/18
Domenec Torrent
Following the departure of Patrick Vieira, the MLS side has moved quickly by appointing Pep Guardiola's right-hand man

New York City FC has named Manchester City assistant Domenec Torrent as the club's new head coach. 

The 55-year-old Spaniard replaces Patrick Vieira, who has departed the MLS side after two and a half seasons to take over Ligue 1 side Nice

Torrent has served as Man City manager Pep Guardiola's right-hand man for the past 11 years, following the Spanish manager from Barcelona to Bayern Munich and to his current position at City.  

“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 club release.

Torrent's head coaching experience has come in the Spanish lower divisions with Palafrugell CF, Palamos CF and Girona FC.

“Domenec is someone we know really well and have great confidence in as both a person and as a coach," NYCFC sporting director Claudio Reyna said.

"He has a very clear idea of the style of play he wants – he’s a coach who will want to play the attacking and possession style of soccer that we want to continue to build upon."

Torrent takes over NYCFC, which, as a part of City Football Group, is under the same ownership as Man City. 

NYCFC has a record of 8-3-4 through 15 games of the 2018 MLS season, just two points off first-place Atlanta United in the Eastern Conference.