NEW YORK – New York City FC Thursday named Nick Cushing as an assistant coach, joining head coach Ronny Deila’s staff.

He is the first addition to Deila’s staff.

Cushing spent the last six seasons as the Manchester City Women Football Club’s head coach and cemented a reputation as one of the most decorated managers working in the women’s game. The 35-year-old won several titles during his time in Manchester, including the 2016 Women’s Super League crown. He was the FA WSL manager of the year in 2016.

“It was not an easy decision to leave Manchester City women’s team and it’s a bittersweet moment saying goodbye to the amazing players and staff I’ve had the chance to work with here,” Cushing said. “With that said, I’m delighted to stay within the City Football Group family and join Ronny Deila’s staff at New York City FC.

“It is an incredible opportunity for me to join a fantastic Club in a league that is growing more and more with each passing year. I’ve followed the team extremely closely over the years and I’m excited to begin a new challenge in New York and look forward to working with the talented team we have returning.”

Cushing lifted the FA WSL Cup in 2014, the FA Women’s Cup and FA WSL Cup in 2016-17 and the FA WSL Cup again in 2018-2019. Cushing also led MCWFC to successive UEFA Women’s Champions League semifinals.

He has coached some of the most successful and talented players in women’s soccer, including former Women’s World Player of the Year and two-time World Cup champion U.S. international Carli Lloyd. Many of the English national team leaders, such as captain Steph Houghton, Karen Bardsley and Jill Scott also played under Cushing at Manchester City.

“I’m very excited that Nick will be joining our staff at New York City FC. He has an incredible reputation within footballing circles and what he’s achieved in Manchester has been nothing short of incredible,” Deila said.

“The style with which his teams have played mirror the type of football we strive to play at NYCFC. It’s important to have coaches on our staff with head coaching experience as they bring a different dynamic to the squad. Nick’s time in Manchester will be beneficial for everyone within our team and I know our players and staff will be better because Nick is around.”

Cushing has been with City Football Group for nine years, starting his career as a City Schools coach before going on to become an integral part of the Manchester City Academy coaching staff, where he worked within the 12-16 Development Phase and earned his UEFA A-License qualification.