After a new role was terminated by mutual consent before he started, Manchester City coach Carlos Vicens will carry on as part of the first-team backroom staff.
Vicens stepped up from his post as Under-18s coach to join Pep Guardiola’s club this season and is credited with the Blues’ tremendous improvement in set-pieces, which helped them win the Premier League. City won the Premier League with the greatest set-piece record in history, edging out Liverpool by a single point in the final standings.
Vicens’ efforts were noticed by Heracles Almelo of the Netherlands, who announced last month that he had been recruited as their new head coach in time for the upcoming season. However, an unexpected relegation from the Eredivisie created events that led both sides to reconsider their agreement and terminate the previously agreed-upon plans.
“We have talked extensively with Carlos about the situation that has occurred as a result of the club’s relegation,” says the statement “Director of technical affairs at Heracles Almelo, Nico-Jan Hoogma, stated. “We sensed misgivings on both sides, which we couldn’t utilize.
“We must do all possible to allow Heracles Almelo to return to the Eredivisie, and we will require all of our attention to accomplish so. Furthermore, Carlos has been given the option to return to Manchester City, which we do not want to deny him.”
Vicens will thus continue to serve as part of Guardiola’s backroom team, though City will not stand in the way of the coach if another chance occurs, as they have proven.