Nick Cushing

Nick Cushing (born 9 November 1984)[1] is an English football manager who is the interim head coach for New York City FC in Major League Soccer.

Nick Cushing
Arsenal WFC v Manchester City WFC, 11 May 2019 (08).jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1984-11-09) 9 November 1984 (age 37)
Place of birth Chester, England
Club information
Current team
New York City FC (interim head coach)
Teams managed
Years Team
2013–2020 Manchester City Women
2022– New York City FC (interim)

CareerEdit

Manchester City WomenEdit

Originally joining the club in a junior role in 2008, Cushing worked his way through a succession of coaching positions starting as a schools coach and progressing to the academy setup before transitioning into the club's women's team.[1] In 2013, as the Manchester City Women began their preparations for their first season in the newly expanded WSL, Cushing was offered his first senior role when he was promoted to the women's team's managerial position, trading places with incumbent manager Leigh Wood, who left the club shortly afterwards.[2]

In his first season Cushing's City started slowly as they adjusted to their new first division status, finishing fifth of eight teams and registering only six victories from their 14 matches, although the season was salvaged to some extent when Manchester City became the first team in four seasons to beat Arsenal to the FA WSL Cup trophy.[3] Their lacklustre form continued at the start of the 2015 season as they took five points from their opening five league games before the season was interrupted for two months by the 2015 Women's World Cup, in which England finished a very creditable third. Returning from the break, England's performance seemingly brought Cushing's City team to life as he managed them to a run of 12 wins in 13 matches.[4]

Although his side had ended 2015 trophyless, they entered the following season in rampant form, going unbeaten in the league with an unprecedented defensive record of only four goals conceded in 16 games to win a first league title.[5] Cushing then added to his trophy haul with a second WSL Cup triumph in a match which was equally notable for his decision to remain through extra time to the final whistle despite being called to attend his wife going into labour with his third child.[6] Nick also added to his honours with a personal gong, winning Manager of the Year at the FA's Women's Football Awards.[7] While his City team disappointed somewhat as they failed to defend their title in the Spring Series, Cushing was at least able to complete his clean sweep of the domestic trophies, winning the FA Women's Cup with a comprehensive defeat of Birmingham City in May 2017.[8]

New York City FCEdit

On 9 January 2020, it was announced that Cushing would move to become assistant coach to Ronny Deila at MLS side New York City FC, with his last match in charge of Manchester City Women being against Arsenal on 2 February 2020.[9] On 13 June 2022, Cushing became interim head coach for the club after head coach Ronny Deila departed for Belgian club Standard Liège.[10][11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Nick Cushing (bio)". mancity.com. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Nick Cushing becomes first team manager of Manchester City Ladies". Sky Sports. 3 November 2013. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  3. ^ "CITY'S ISOBEL CHRISTIANSEN ENDS ARSENAL CUP DOMINANCE". 16 October 2014. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  4. ^ "City 6 Bristol Academy 1". mcfc.co.uk. 27 September 2015. Archived from the original on 1 October 2015. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Manchester City win Women's Super League for the first time after beating Chelsea". The Mirror. 25 September 2016. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Nick Cushing: Manchester City Women boss reaches wife in time for daughter's birth". BBC Sport. 3 October 2016. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  7. ^ "JORDAN NOBBS AMONG THE WINNERS AT ANNUAL FA WOMEN'S FOOTBALL AWARDS". The FA. 18 November 2016. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  8. ^ "Birmingham City Ladies 1 - 4 Manchester City Women". BBC Sport. 13 May 2017. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  9. ^ "New York City FC Names Nick Cushing as Assistant Coach". nycfc.com. 9 January 2020. Retrieved 9 January 2020.
  10. ^ "Ronny Deila departs NYCFC for Standard Liege; Nick Cushing in as interim". Major League Soccer. 13 June 2022. Retrieved 13 June 2022.
  11. ^ "Ex-Man City boss Cushing takes over at New York City" – via www.bbc.co.uk.