Arsene Wenger has tipped Patrick Vieira to become a ‘great coach’, but only if he is prepared to suffer first.
Vieira was one of the names linked with taking over at Arsenal this summer, before the clubs three man selection panel decided to appoint former PSG coach Unai Emery.
The Frenchman is currently earning his stripes in the MLS where he is the manager of New York City FC, Manchester City’s sister club.
Now his former manager during his time at the Gunners, Arsene Wenger, has claims that the ex-midfield enforcer has what it takes to be a top boss too, but only if he is prepared to make the necessary sacrifices:
“I think he has the qualities to become a great coach,” said Wenger.
“But a great coach means a man in great suffering as well. People from outside only see the glamorous side, the trophies.
“But the trophies, it’s only a day in the year, five minutes, and until the end you are shaking. Everything else, the everyday, is the fight with yourself, with others, to convince. We must always question ourselves.
“It’s a priesthood, a sacrifice of a life.”
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