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Rumor: Jason Kreis out, Patrick Vieira in at New York City FC

Is Manchester City poised to send another valued employee across the pond?

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Someone wants us to believe Jason Kreis is on the outs at New York City FC. On October 7, Shep Messing reported he was being told a plan had been hatched for Kreis to move to Seattle Sounders, with current Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid moving East to take over NYCFC. Within a day, the rumor had been shot down by Kreis himself.

On October 21, Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl reported the second big Kreis-exit rumor of the month, stating sources at both NYCFC and Manchester City were suggesting Kreis could be pushed aside in favor of Patrick Vieira. The news was picked up by the English press, without any major advance on Wahl's original reporting.

The Daily Telegraph, however, did add some context: Vieira, currently Man City's elite development squad boss, is only on a rolling contract in Manchester and is known to have been actively seeking a senior head coaching job. As such, the Telegraph suggests the NYCFC post might be a solution for both Vieira and MCFC: offering the former the sort of job he has been looking for while allowing his current employer to retain his services and continue to benefit from his coaching acumen.

It is certainly plausible. The Telegraph does not cite Wahl or SI as the source of its information, so perhaps its reporting does stand as independent verification of the rumor.

For its part, NYCFC swiftly moved to shoot down this story as well: