It looks like New York City FC has found a new head coach.
City is close to naming Valerenga boss Ronny Deila as its fourth head coach in its six0year history.
Deila, 44, could be named as early as this week, The Athletic reported.
NYCFC has been without a coach since Dome Torrent parted ways with the club almost two months ago. The MLS SuperDraft is set for this Thursday and training camps for many teams begin shortly thereafter.
Deila has been directing Valerenga in Norway’s first division since 2017. He also guided Celtic in Scotland from 2014-16, winning two Scottish Premiership championships.
If he is named, Delia would inherit a team that finished atop the Eastern Conference and essentially its 2019 side intact.
This past offseason, NYCFC had been linked to Giovanni van Bronckhorst, but he has agreed to coach Guangzhou R&F in China.
Regardless who is named coach, he won’t have much time to prepare his team for the new season as NYCFC is set to make its Concacaf Champions League debut at AD San Carlos in Costa Rica on Feb. 20.
The team has had three other coaches in its history — Jason Kreis, Patrick Veira and Torrent.