Arsenal legend discuss new managerial challenge

Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira was confirmed as manager of Ligue 1 side Nice today, after leaving his role as head coach of MLS side New York City FC.

The former France international was one of the finest midfielders the Premier League has ever seen, captaining the Gunners during their legendary ‘Invincible’ season in which the North London club went the entire campaign unbeaten.

Vieira left Arsenal in 2005 to join Italian giants Juventus before moving on to fellow Serie A side Inter Milan. He did however return to English football in 2010 with Manchester City and after one season he retired, taking up a role coaching youth teams at the Etihad.

Vieira impressed with his tactical knowledge while working with City’s youth teams, which lead to him taking over as head coach of the Abu Dhabi owned clubs sister side New York City FC.

Since moving Stateside the 41-year-old has earned rave reviews for improvements he has made to NYC. Vieira has admitted that it was a really tough decision to decide to leave the Big Apple and take up his first major managerial job in European football with Nice in his homeland.

“It was of course really difficult, it was a tough decision because I spent two-and-a-half wonderful years here.

“Not just professionally, I’m talking personally as well. My family enjoyed living in New York and being part of what New York City FC tried to build so it is a difficult decision.

“Since I have been in this football club it has been a real pleasure to work with the players I had.

“They made my job easy because they are hard workers and buy into the project and philosophy. The success I had here opened some different doors for myself.”


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