Five days later, he was conducting his first preseason training session in preparation for the club’s inaugural Concacaf Champions League match next month.
Pro Soccer USA’s Glenn Crooks had an exclusive one-on-one conversation with the 44-year old Norwegian after NYCFC’s training session on Wednesday. Deila discusses the hiring process, his coaching staff, thoughts on Major League Soccer and NYCFC, in particular.
He joins NYCFC on a three-year contract after spending the last three years on the sideline with Norway’s Vålerenga. He’s previously coached 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.