It was just under two weeks ago that New York City FC’s season ended with a whimper in Queens. The NYCFC Blue fell 2-1 to Toronto FC in the Eastern Conference semifinals, a disappointing end to the season for the Conference Champions.
That disappointment and frustration were on full view when NYCFC coach Dome Torrent addressed the media postgame to such a degree that this was how High Press Soccer framed it that evening.
Torrent’s remarks in the Citifield press room made it clear that Pep Guardiola’s long time assistant was unhappy with more than just the night’s result. The manager surprised the assembled press when he brought into question his return for the 2020 season.
Why did Dome Torrent leave NYCFC?
“I don’t know” Torrent said that night when asked if he would return next season. “I have to go to Manchester,” Torrent explained, “because for me it is normal after the season to talk about what happened.”
Torrent then added somewhat cryptically, that “many things happened, many, many things. Maybe you don’t know but I know.”
Those “things” Torrent would later comment to Spanish language podcast Se Llama Soccer involved the coach’s dissatisfaction with how long it took the club to finally sign Heber, who Torrent called the team’s “ninth option” to take over for the departed club icon David Villa at striker.
High Press Soccer reported then that Torrent said, “don’t worry, (because) if Dome is not here. the most important thing is the club.” Torrent went on to praise his team, saying NYCFC had “amazing players.” “The most important thing is not the coach,” Pep Guardiola’s longtime assistant noted, “it’s the players.”
Torrent added that “They are ready for another coach because they are a group, a big group. They are ready. But don’t worry. If Patrick is not here, it’s Dome. If Dome is not here, it’s another coach.”
Torrent took the reigns from Patrick Viera when the Frenchman moved onto Ligue 1 side Nice. NYCFC initially played well for the new boss before stumbling into the postseason where they rallied to top Philadelphia before they were eliminated by Atlanta (4-1 aggregate) in the Conference semifinals.
A 4-0 defeat to Toronto in late March after New York had struggled to a slow start featuring a raft of draws caused High Press Soccer to wonder if the step from assistant to the top job was too big for Torrent.
Heber’s arrival helped to trigger a revival and NYCFC finished with the best regular season in the young franchise’s history before a pair of crucial mistakes sent NYC crashing out of the playoffs.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst replace Torrent at NYCFC?
When looking at the possible list of possible replacements for Torrent, it may not be necessary to look any further than City Football Group employee Giovanni van Bronckhorst. After a successful stint with Feyenoord, highlighted by winning the 2017 Eredivisie, “Gio” stepped down.
Rather than take on another managerial job, the 44 year-old former Dutch international signed on with City Football Group and appears poised to step in at CFG club New York City Football Club.