Ronny Deila has been officially appointed as new head coach of New York City Football Club, signing a three-year contract with the MLS team.
The Norwegian manager will lead New York into the 2020 season of the MLS, with the team finishing first last season under previous coach Domènec Torrent.
“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 told NYCFC’s website.
“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.
“I’m really looking forward to getting going and getting to know the players in preseason and begin my time at NYCFC. I’m ready to see our supporters and hopefully, we’ll have a wonderful relationship. I’m going to do everything I can to play good football the City way and I’ll give everything from myself to the Club and I’m sure we’re going to achieve fantastic things in the future.”
Who is Ronny Deila?
The 44-year old former defender started his coaching career as an assistant at Norwegian side Strømsgodset. In 2008 he took charge as head coach and stayed in the club until 2014. He managed to win the Norwegian Cup in 2009/10 and became Norwegian champion in 2012/13, which was the club’s first league title in 43 years. To no surprise, he was selected as Manager of the Year the same season.
After success in his homeland, Deila was appointed manager of Celtic. During his two seasons in charge of the Scottish giants, he became Scottish champion twice. He has been coaching back in Norway, in Vålerenga since October 2016, although he couldn’t achieve such glory there.