Dome Torrent: “While I’ve greatly enjoyed coaching NYCFC and the incredible life experience of living in New York, in mutual discussion with the club, I feel this is the right time for myself and my family to look for other opportunities.” (FrontRowSoccer.com Photo)
New York City FC is looking for a new head coach.
In what was no surprise, Dome Torrent has departed City as coach.
The MLS club and Torrent have mutually agreed to part ways, it was announced Friday afternoon.
Also departing the club are assistant coaches, Albert Puig and Jordi Gris, director of performance Francesc Cos and head of performance Ismael Camenforte.
After NYCFC was eliminated from the MLS Cup playoffs last month, Torrent had strongly hinted he would not return for 2020.
It was during the postgame press conference that Torrent hinted that he had doubts about his future. Though NYCFC had finished atop the Eastern Conference, Torrent reportedly had been frustrated by MLS rules and the fact the City Football Group, the team’s owners, were slow in obtaining Brazilian striker Heber.
“I don’t know,” Torrent said then. “I have to go to Manchester to talk about … because for me it is normal after the season to talk about what happened.”
CFG, which also owns Manchester City of the English Premier League. That organization makes decisions on who coaches the Major League Soccer club.
“There are many, many things,” Torrent said at the time. “You don’t know, but I know many, many things. I have to talk to the owners; the CO’s in the City Group and I don’t know what will happen. We have time. Right now, it’s October. We have time to talk about the next year.”
In a statement released by the club Friday, Torrent had a different stance.
“While I’ve greatly enjoyed coaching NYCFC and the incredible life experience of living in New York, in mutual discussion with the club, I feel this is the right time for myself and my family to look for other opportunities as I develop my career as a head coach,” Torrent said.
“I’d like to thank NYCFC for giving me this opportunity. I’ve learned a lot during my time at the Club after working with a fantastic sporting department and a great group of coaches.
“I’d specifically like to thank the NYCFC players, staff and fans. The club has a fantastic group of talented and hard-working players and I have no doubt they will continue to be successful for many years to come. To the fans, thank you for always supporting the team and making me feel so welcome in New York since day one. I wish everyone good luck and a lot of success.”
NYCFC vice chairman Marty Edelman wished Torrent success in his future endeavors.
“I’d like to sincerely thank Dome and the coaches for their hard work since joining NYCFC,” he said in a statement. “With Dome leading the team, we had an excellent regular season and we were extremely proud to finish top of the Eastern Conference.
“In discussions with Dome since our season finished, we’ve decided that this is the right moment for both parties to focus on new opportunities.
“On behalf of everyone at NYCFC, I’d like to wish Dome all the best for the future. I have no doubt he’ll continue to have a considerable impact on the sport as he has done for many years.”
Torrent replaced Patrick Vieira as head coach in June 2018 and helped guide NYCFC to a third-place finish in the Eastern Conference and, in the 2019 season, NYCFC’s first ever Concacaf Champions League berth with a top place Eastern Conference finish. Though Torrent only joined NYCFC in 2018, he has been with City Football Group since 2016 where he was part of Pep Guardiola’s staff at Manchester City FC.