Nice appoint Patrick Vieira as new manager - Ligue 1 2017

Patrick Vieira New York City FC

Nice finished eighth in the French top flight but are expected to lose Mario Balotelli, who scored 18 league goals last season but is out of contract at the end of the month.

Vieira's assistant coach Christian Lattanzio, performance coach Kristian Wilson and physical performance coach Matt Cook at NY will follow the Frenchman to Nice.

'I'm happy. This is what I was looking for: I will work in good conditions with passionate people, who will support me in the good and bad times. "When I look at the squad, I was very eager, it's very encouraging".

After winning three Premier League titles and three FA Cups he joined Juventus for a season as the club topped Serie A but then were stripped of the title and then had four years with Inter Milan each topped with a Serie A crown.

Vieira has left his role as head coach role of New York City FC to replace Lucien Favre at the Allianz Riviera.

"I would like to thank City Football Group and New York City FC for the opportunity to have coached this tremendous football club", he said in a statement.

NYCFC (8-3-4, 28 points) now sit second in the Eastern Conference standings, two points behind Atlanta United.

Viera, 41, leaves America after two-and-a-half years in charge at NY, where he took over after beginning his coaching career at partner club Manchester City in their youth academy.

Assistant coach Christian Lattanzio, performance coach Kristian Wilson and physical performance coach Matt Cook have also left NY to join Vieira at Nice.

As the City Football Group continued to grow, branching out into Major League Soccer with NYCFC, Vieira would eventually become head coach of he American side in 2016.

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