Manchester City receive a boost as set-piece specialist Carlos Vicens reverses decision to leave and take Heracles Almelo job in Holland to stay part of Pep Guardiola’s staff
- Vicens vastly improved Manchester City’s output from set-pieces last season
- Pep Guardiola promoted the Spaniard from City’s under-18 team a year ago
- Vicens had agreed to become the coach of Heracles Almelo in the Netherlands
- But their relegation from the Eredivisie saw Vicens stay at the Etihad Stadium
Manchester City received a major boost on Wednesday when renowned coach Carlos Vicens reversed his decision to leave the Premier League champions.
Vicens, who revolutionised City’s output at set-pieces during his first season working under Pep Guardiola, had agreed to become manager of Heracles Almelo in the Netherlands.
But relegation from the Eredivisie, coupled with boardroom changes, saw Vicens step away from the role and remain at the Etihad Stadium.
Carlos Vicens (left), a set-piece specialist, has decided to remain at Manchester City
Heracles required one point from the final four matches to preserve their top-flight status but lost them all.
The developments serve as a fillip to Guardiola, who promoted the Spaniard from coaching City’s Under 18s team last summer to great success.
Vicens would have been difficult to replace after overseeing an upturn from dead ball situations. City scored 21 times from them in the Premier League and conceded just once, the best goal difference in the competition’s history.
The news will come as a boost for Pep Guardiola as a trusted member of his staff stays
The 39-year-old is known to be a strong communicator and Guardiola has praised him for concisely simplifying tactical drills during training sessions.
Heracles maintained that the U-turn had been a mutual decision between the club and Vicens.
The Dutch club’s director of technical affairs, Nico-Jan Hoogma, said: ‘We have discussed extensively with Carlos the situation that has arisen after the club’s relegation.
‘From both sides we felt doubts. We have to do everything we can to let Heracles Almelo return to the Eredivisie and we need all the focus for that.
‘Carlos was given the opportunity to return to Manchester City and we do not want to deprive him of that.’
City have just won the Premier League title for the fourth time in the last five seasons