New York City FC have their man as they announced Dome Torrent’s replacement in former Celtic FC manager Ronny Deila. The rumors swirled around the Norwegian coach for the last week but he is now confirmed and will start in the preseason with the club in mere days.
“When the opportunity came up to join New York City FC as their new head coach, it was a dream come true for me,” said Deila. “It’s important to build on what’s already proven to be a strong foundation and to get some of my ideas across. The way I want to play and the way NYCFC played is very similar. I’m a very attacking coach. We want to have the ball as much as possible, but also try to be direct when you have those opportunities.”
Deila joins from Norway where he was coaching Valerenga since 2017. His most notable accomplishments came with Celtic FC in Scotland where he won the Scottish Premier League in 2015 and 2016 as well as the Scottish Cup in 2015. His time with the club was relatively short as their aspirations of European success forced him out due to poor results.
For NYCFC it is the best of a worst case scenario. The team was linked with Giovanni van Bronkhorst for most of the winter only to have him choose to manage in China instead. Movement at Manchester City also through questions onto the process with little news coming from the club over the holidays. Deila’s name emerged just days ago and his quick hiring shows that City Football Group were hard at work to fill the last coaching vacancy in the league.
“With the benefit of time in the off-season we wanted to make sure we found the right person to lead our club and we’re really delighted that Ronny has agreed to become the new head coach of New York City FC,” said new Sporting Director David Lee. “We wanted to recruit an experienced manager who played in a similar style as we have done in the past few years, with a proven ability to win league titles and develop players.”
Deila will get his chance to prove himself rather quickly as NYCFC will enter the Concacaf Champions League in February against San Carlos. The club will kick off the Major League Soccer season on March 1st with two straight road games against Columbus Crew and Toronto FC.