During his initial years as a first team manager with Strømsgodset, Celtic FC and Våleranga, New York City FC head coach Ronny Deila spent time at the Manchester City training grounds soaking in the methods of a club in its ascendency.
It is there that Deila met Nick Cushing.
Three days after the Norwegian was named the fourth head coach for New York City, Deila added Cushing as his second in command in the Bronx.
“He has an incredible reputation within footballing circles and what he’s achieved in Manchester has been nothing short of incredible,” Deila said in a statement released by the club.
Cushing spent the last six seasons as manager of the Manchester City Women’s team. He guided Manchester City to six trophies including the 2016 Women’s Super League title and was named the FA WSL Manager of the Year.
Among the players that Cushing has supervised in Manchester is two-time FIFA World Player of the Year and World Cup winner for the U.S. Women’s National Team, Carli Lloyd.
“Nick is a tremendous coach,” Lloyd told Pro Soccer USA. “His attention to detail and his knowledge of the game itself are at a world class level. He is super passionate about the game.”
— Carli Lloyd (@CarliLloyd) January 9, 2020
Lloyd joined Man City for the spring session of the F.A. Women’s Super League in 2017. Cushing has also coached England internationals Steph Houghton, Karen Bardsley, and Jill Scott at Man City.
Cushing has been a part of City Football Group for nine years starting as a volunteer with the City Schools program which led to a position on the Academy coaching staff where he worked in the Development Phase (12-16 years). He contributed to the progress of current first team members Phil Foden, Taylor Harwood-Bellis and Tommy Doyle.
“Nick is an extremely well-respected coach in football and fits the mold of highly talented and ambitious individuals that we strive to attract to NYCFC,” Sporting Director David Lee said.
Cushing leaves behind a side that won a domestic double in 2018-19 and is currently level with the Arsenal women atop the Super League table. The leaders will meet on February 2 which will be Cushing’s final match with Man City before joining New York City for preseason.
“It was not an easy decision to leave Manchester City Women’s team and it’s a bittersweet moment saying goodbye to the amazing players and staff I’ve had the chance to work with here,” Cushing said.
As for the switch from the women’s game to the men’s game, Lloyd suggested that there should be no concerns.
“NYCFC have brought in someone that is going to make a big difference to their team.”