Sunday 27 May 2018

Patrick Vieira to take the reins at a new club but it won't be Arsenal

Patrick Vieira
Patrick Vieira
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Patrick Vieira has been linked with a move to replace his old boss Arsene Wenger at Arsenal in recent days, but it appears his next move will be back to his French homeland.

France Football are reporting that former Arsenal captain Vieira is in ‘advanced talks’ to take over from Lucien Favre at Nice, with the 1998 French World Cup winner eager to move his management career forward after cutting his teeth with New York City in America’s MLS.

Vieira is believed to be frustrated with Arsenal’s interest in hiring him to replace Wenger, amid widespread reports that he felt the contact from his former club was a ‘token gesture’ as they have already targeted managerial novice Mikel Arteta to become the club’s next head coach.

Now it appears Vieira will start his coaching career in European football at a club that finish sixth in the French league this season, with that disappointing finish coming despite the contribution of 18 goals from lead striker Mario Balotelli.

Vieira and his current employers, who also own Manchester City, have yet to comments on the reports suggesting his appointing at Nice is imminent, yet it seems the 41-year-old is eager to move on from his failure to land the Arsenal job by enhancing his reputation at Nice.

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