Tuesday 20 February 2018

Patrick Vieira targeted by Marseille as new manager

Manchester City's elite development chief targeted by French club as a successor to Marcelo Bielsa

Former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira is now in charge of Manchester City's second string
Former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira is now in charge of Manchester City's second string
Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini

Mark Ogden

Manchester City are facing an increasing battle to persuade Patrick Vieira to remain at the club, with Marseille shortlisting the former Arsenal captain as a potential successor to Marcelo Bielsa at the Stade Vélodrome.

 Vieira, the head of City’s elite development squad, is close to being qualified to manage at first-team level after spending the past two years securing his coaching licence with the Football Association of Wales.

Despite making no secret of his ambition to progress into management, Vieira has yet to discuss his future at City beyond the end of this season.

The World Cup winner, who made 46 appearances for City during the final 18 months of his playing career, is regarded as a key figure at the Etihad Stadium by the club’s Abu Dhabi hierarchy. However, it is understood that Vieira, 38, views this summer as a decisive moment in realising his managerial ambitions.

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini saw his side go into second place following the win over Aston Villa

Manuel Pellegrini

With concerns among senior figures at City that Vieira still lacks the necessary experience to succeed Manuel Pellegrini as manager, in the event of the Chilean being sacked at the end of the season, the opportunity to manage a leading club is likely to be pursued by the Frenchman.

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