Man City coach Vieira targeted by Marseille as Bielsa replacement

Ligue 1 Marseille have identified Manchester City’s head of elite development Patrick Vieira as a candidate to be their new Coach, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

Vieira, who played for City under Roberto Mancini, winning the Premier League title with the Italian to add to his three league medals claimed during his Arsenal days and the five Serie A winners medals he took from his time in the peninsula with Juventus and Inter, has made clear his desire to take charge of a senior team one day.

The 38-year-old former France international is duly on the shortlist to replace Marcelo Bielsa, it’s believed, and will soon possess the required qualifications to become a manager, having been working on his coaching badges under the direction of the Football Association of Wales.

Vieira has been mooted as a potential replacement at City for Manuel Pellegrini, who has been criticised and seen his position come into question as City failed to defend their league title, but it’s thought the club’s decision-makers are put off by Vieira’s lack of experience in management.

That could lead to Vieira, a World Cup winner in 1998 with France, seeking pastures new, despite the City chiefs rating him highly.

Vieira made almost 50 appearances for City before retirement, having played more than 400 times for Arsenal in a career total 651 games at club level.

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