Manchester City assistant coach Domènec Torrent has been appointed to replace Patrick Vieira as head coach of New York City FC.
This news comes just a day after the former Arsenal legend decided to leave the MLS club for French side OGC Nice. He had been NYC's coach for two and a half seasons, coming into Yankee Stadium at the beginning of the 2016 campaign. He led the squad to two consecutive Eastern Conference second place finishes and two trips to the Conference Semifinals.
Torrent told the press that "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."
The 55 year old's previous head coaching position was at Tercera Division club Girona FC back during the 2005-06 season.
After securing promotion for his team to the Segunda B División, Torrent moved to Barcelona B as an assistant. That is where he started working with Guardiola, who was in his first year as a head coach.
Along with Pep, Torrent got to work for Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and Manchester City, where they won an astounding 23 trophies in 10 years. This is what he's won.
-Three FIFA Club World Cups (2009, 2011, & 2013)
-Three UEFA Super Cups (2009, 2011, & 2013)
-Two Champions Leagues (2008-09 & 2010-11)
-Seven league titles (Three in Spain/Germany & One in England)
-Two Copa del Reyes (2008-09 & 2011-12)
-Three Supercopas (2009, 2010, & 2011)
-Two DFB-Pokals (2013-14 & 2015-16)
-One EFL Cup (2017-18)
So he's definitely a winner.
So can Torrent buck the trend that European coaches don't succeed in MLS? He certainly has the pieces to succeed. He has worked with star player David Villa in the past. So it appears that he's already two steps ahead of the curb. We think he has a chance.