Lampard backs boss Vieira to take New York City FC to the ‘next level’

Frank Lampard has given his backing to new boss Patrick Viera ahead of the MLS season.

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Frank Lampard has backed Patrick Vieira to take New York City to ‘the next level’ as he prepares for his first full season in MLS.

Lampard delayed joining New York last season to continue on loan at Manchester City, where Vieira was coaching the elite development squad. 

The pair have now been reunited in America, and Lampard is convinced that Vieira – who was presented to the US media on Wednesday – will be a success in his first senior coaching role. 

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He told Sky Sports: "I think he’s going to be great for us. Obviously I played against Patrick and he was one of the greatest players of the modern era, without a doubt. 

"I’ve seen him doing his schooling and coaching at Manchester City over the last few years. Fair play to him – people who have been great players don’t always want to do the dirty stuff and I think he has worked with the kids on a cold Manchester morning over the back of the training ground, so I think he’s earned his stripes there.

"For us, I think he’s going to up our level. I hope he will and I think the players are going to respect him. When he speaks, they will listen."