The trail has run cold for New York City FC after potential manager Giovanni van Bronkhorst has been rumored to be rethinking the opportunity in the Bronx. The Mirror in the UK originally linked the Dutch coach with the MLS side almost immediately following the mutual departure of Dome Torrent. Now, it appears that the MLS club will need to scramble to find a head coach a bit more than month away from their first friendly in Orlando.
Reports originally linked the van Bronkhorst hiring as one that would become a pipeline to the Manchester City job. Pep Guardiola is rumored to be departing the team once his contract is up and van Bronkhorst has made a name for himself in the Eredivisie where he led Feyenoord to their first championship in over 15 years. He departed the team at the end of the 2018-19 season and has since been quiet about his future.
Now, Sky Sports has reported that Manchester City are more interested in appointing Mikel Arteta as the successor of Pep Guardiola, throwing von Bronkhorst narrative to the side. Arteta has been under Guardiola’s wing for some time now and makes the most sense given his experience in the English Premier League.
For NYCFC, this leaves them in a very unenviable situation. The team still has a tremendous roster locked in for the 2020 season but will need someone to guide them in a similar fashion to Torrent. The team was broken down after the departure of Patrick Vieira and learned to play a new style. Now, with so little time before the start of the new campaign, City may need someone to steer the ship while planning their next move.
Candidates with MLS experience include Juan Carlos Osorio who departed the Mexican national team but has experience in New York with the Red Bulls over a decade prior. International appointments could include David Martinez from Villarreal and former Manchester United and Everton manager David Moyes.