Former Arsenal Skipper Named Nice Manager

Former Arsenal skipper and French international Patrick Vieira has been named as the new manager for French Ligue 1 side Nice after leaving Major League Soccer outfit New York City.

In May, Vieira had been tipped to be the next Arsenal manager to replace a departed Arsene Wenger but the Gunners top brass opted for Unai Emery instead of their former Captain.

"Leaving New York is an incredibly difficult decision for me and my family and one that has not been taken lightly," said Vieira.

The 41-year-old moves in to fill the void left by Lucien Favre who guided Nice to an 8th place finish in Ligue one last season. Lucien was in May appointed as the new Borussia Dortmund coach, replacing an interim Peter Stoger.

Assistant coach Christian Lattanzio, performance coach Kristian Wilson and physical performance coach Matt Cook have also left New York to join Vieira at Nice.

Manchester City's assistant manager Domenec Torrent has left the Premier League champions to replace Vieira at the New York club after 11 years spent working with Pep Guardiola.

The former Inter Milan and Juventus midfielder retired from football at the age of 35 in 2011 at Manchester City and was named a football development executive at the Etihad.

In 2015, he left his role as head coach for Man City’s Under-21, signing a three year deal with New York City. 

 

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