Vieira quits New York City FC for Nice job

Patrick Vieira officially took over the reins as New York City FC head coach on January 1, 2016

Patrick Vieira has stepped down as coach of MLS club New York City FC to become manager of Nice, which finished eighth in the French Ligue 1 last season.

Vieira was 39-27-22 while in charge of New York City FC. They are second in the Eastern Conference this season.

The 41-year-old's departure was announced on the website of Manchester City, which is in the same ownership group as NYCFC.

"I would like to thank City Football Group and New York City FC for the opportunity to have coached this tremendous football club," Vieira said in a statement.

"Leaving New York is an incredibly difficult decision for me and for my family and one that has not been taken lightly."

Vieira, a former star with Arsenal and the France national team, will take assistants Christian Lattanzio, Kristian Wilson and Matt Cook with him to Nice as he succeeds Swiss Lucien Favre, who was appointed Borussia Dortmund boss last month.

There was no immediate word from New York City FC on Vieira's replacement.