New York City FC named Norwegian tactician Ronny Deila head coach Monday morning.
Deila, 44, joins NYCFC on a three-year contract after spending the last three years on the sideline with Norway’s Vålerenga. Deila also had coaching stints with Norwegian clubs Brodd (2005) and Strømsgodset (2008-14), along with Scottish powerhouse Celtic FC (2014-16), where he won the league title twice and competed in the qualifying rounds of UEFA Champions League.
Deila will officially join the club when he receives his pending U.S. work permit.
“When the opportunity came up to join New York City FC as their new head coach, it was a dream come true for me to manage an amazing club in a great city,” Deila said in a statement released by the club. “When I come in, it’s important to continue 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 has 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 has big shoes to fill: His predecessor, Domé Torrent, led NYCFC to the best overall record in the Eastern Conference last season and also to its first-ever berth in Concacaf Champions League.
‘’He’s an experienced manager that has succeeded in winning trophies at clubs with high expectations like we have here at NYCFC,” New York City FC CEO Brad Sims said. “Importantly, not only are we getting a wonderful coach, but also an exceptional person. I can’t wait for our fans to meet Ronny and get to know him. We’re looking forward to Ronny joining us for preseason as we prepare for an incredibly exciting 2020 campaign.”
— New York City FC (@NYCFC) January 6, 2020