Former Arsenal stalwart Patrick Vieira is one of four men that currently find themselves on the shortlist of candidates to become the next manager at Newcastle United.
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The 38-year-old is yet to step into first-team management, but has spent the last four years as part of the backroom staff at Manchester City, and the last two as the head coach of their reserve side. Despite his lack of experience in a Premier League dugout, he will be interviewed about the position at St James’ Park, according to BBC Sport.
The BBC suggest that former Derby County boss Steve McClaren will also speak to the club about the position, but are unable to clarify whether caretaker manager John Carver is also in the running.
Despite BBC reporting that the former Manchester United assistant manager had previously been offered the job during the season, there appears to be no overwhelming favourite, with bookmakers struggling to split the two (via Oddschecker).
Unlike Vieira, McClaren boasts an extensive managerial record that has seen him work across the continent. That experience may help his cause with the Magpies frequently relying on their impressive scouting system to recruit relatively unknown names from abroad.
Nevertheless, his final few months with the Rams – as well as previous struggles with the likes of Nottingham Forest and of course, with England – may count against him. Going into the new year, Derby were one of the favourites for promotion from the Championship, however, a terrible run – which saw them win just two games out of their final 13 – meant that they finished outside of the play-offs, and McClaren was dismissed.
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