Nick Cushing to leave Manchester City

Manchester City manager Nick Cushing is leaving the club to pursue an opportunity in the MLS.

Cushing is leaving City at the start of February to join New York City FC as assistant manager.

The job he is taking is alongside Ronny Deila. NYCFC have just appointed Deila as head coach.

Cushing had been in charge of Manchester City’s women’s side since the club’s reformation in 2014.

Nick Cushing also lead City to consecutive Champions League semi-finals but fell at that stage on both occasions.

During his tenure, City also won a pair of FA Cups, a league title and three Conti Cup trophies.

He leaves City sitting second in the Women’s Super League. City play Everton this Saturday at the Academy Stadium.

Speaking to about his move, Nick Cushing said: “I would like to thank City Football Group and Manchester City for giving me the opportunity to manage our women’s team for the past six years.

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“Making the decision to leave MCWFC has been incredibly difficult given the fantastic players and staff that we have here and the incredible success that we have achieved together – it isn’t one that I have taken lightly.

“Linking up with New York City and Ronny (Deila) is a brilliant opportunity and I’m really looking forward to working in the MLS.”

Gavin Makel, head of women’s football at Man City added: “On behalf of everybody at the club, I would like to pass on my gratitude and thanks to Nick.

“For his dedication to Manchester City Women over the past six years and to Manchester City as a whole beyond that time.

“He will be missed, but everybody here is thrilled for him and this exciting new venture within the City Football Group.”

When Nick Cushing leaves, current assistant manager Alan Mahon will take charge until a suitable replacement is found.

Former England men’s Under-21s coach Brian Eastick will support Mahon in the role.