Confident Vieira embraces New York coaching challenge

Wed Jan 20, 2016 6:11pm EST
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By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Patrick Vieira has learned from some of soccer's top coaches during an outstanding playing career, but the former France international says he will forge his own identity as new man in charge at New York City FC.

Vieira, who earned 107 caps for France and was a member of the team which won the 1998 World Cup and European Championship two years later, was introduced as NYCFC's new head coach at a news conference at the club's Yankee Stadium home on Wednesday.

"I was very lucky in my career because I played under some fantastic coaches and of course I take a little bit from some of them," said Vieira, who takes over from Jason Kries, who was fired after failing to make the playoffs in their debut Major League Soccer season.

"But I want the team to reflect my personality as a person as well."

The former midfielder, who also won three Premier League titles with Arsenal and four Serie A crowns with Inter Milan and Juventus, has been working with the development squad of NYCFC's parent club Manchester City before taking the MLS post.

NYCFC's Sporting Director Claudio Reyna said his new coach has instant credibility.

Reyna said the club needed "a great leader, someone who commands respect. We have instantly with Patrick the presence of that as soon as he walks into a room.

"The ability to communicate with big players ... as well as having a commitment to developing younger ones, and all those boxes he ticked, (plus) his desire to succeed and his confidence without being arrogant.   Continued...

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Manchester City U21 manager Patrick Vieira
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