New York City FC wasted no time in hiring new manager Domenec Torrent. Torrent will be the club’s third manager since 2015.
Not even a full 24 hours after Manchester City’s website announced Patrick Viera’s departure as NYCFC manager, Domenec Torrent has been tabbed as the man to lead the Bronx Blues for the rest of the 2018 season through 2020.
— New York City FC (@NYCFC) June 11, 2018
Per the NYCFC website, Torrent comes with an impressive resume. Serving as Pep Guardiola’s right-hand man for 11 years, Torrent was part of a Barcelona team that won 14 trophies, including three La Liga titles and two UEFA Champions League trophies.
Torrent also worked with Guardiola at Bayern Munich and Manchester City. The duo saw success with both clubs, winning league titles in Germany and England.
Per ESPN, Torrent, speaking with the media, seemed eager to get to work in New York.
“I know we have a very talented team, I have watched many of the matches and I enjoy the way the team plays and I now can’t wait to begin working with the players on the training pitch.”
Torrent will likely continue and favor NYCFC’s attacking style of football. Additionally, Rob Pollard of The Mirror writes that, while at Barcelona, Torrent was in charge of the youth academies. During this time, Torrent was able to foster the growth of eight academy graduates that featured in Barcelona’s first team during Guardiola’s first season at Camp Nou.
If anything this is good news for NYCFC fans, who will want to see more of players like, Jesus Medina, Jonathan Lewis, and homegrown talent James Sands.
Currently, NYCFC sits two points behind the Eastern Conference leaders, Atlanta FC. Former manager Viera made great strides during his tenure, improving the team’s overall finish to fourth in 2016 and second in 2017. Viera also made the Eastern Conference Semifinals in the MLS Cup playoffs during both years in charge.
For now, Torrent has some time to meet his new club, as NYCFC doesn’t play until Jan. 24th, when defending MLS champs Toronto FC travel to the Bronx.