Patrick Vieira has been named as manager of the Manchester City elite development squad, having survived the backroom clear-out that followed the sacking of Roberto Mancini as manager, the
Vieira had been working as football development executive at City since calling an end to his playing days in 2011, seeing out his career under Mancini at the Etihad Stadium. Formerly of Arsenal and Juventus, Vieira also played under Mancini at Inter prior to the pair heading for Manchester.
Atillio Lombardo, the former Sampdoria and Crystal Palace midfielder, was previously responsible for what is effectively City’s reserve or Under-21 team, but he was sacked this week following City’s decision to end Mancini’s time at the club, the confirmation of which came a year to the day since City won the Premier League title under the Italian.
Vieira will take up the posting at the start of June, having completed part of his coaching badges last year. He said: “After spending two years working across a number of areas of the club and with a particular focus on the youth academy, I feel honoured and privileged to have been offered this role.
“This marks a new chapter both in my career and in my life and I am looking forward to it immensely. My passion for the development of young talent has only grown in my time at City and I am pleased to be able to play my part in helping to shape the footballing future for Manchester City.”
As a player Vieira picked up more than 100 caps for France and won the World Cup in 1998, as well as nine league titles, including three with Arsenal, and five FA Cups – the last of which arrived as a City player in 2011.
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