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Report: French clubs Nice, Nantes after Patrick Vieira


Patrick Vieira may or may not be in contention for the Arsenal job, but it appears the NYCFC boss is drawing attention from two teams in his native France.

Vieira is reportedly drawing consideration from both Nice and Nantes, two teams with vacancies in the French top flight. Nice’s Lucien Favre is reportedly nearing a contract with Borussia Dortmund while Nantes parted ways with former Leicester City boss Claudio Rainieri on Wednesday.

Nantes president Waldemar Kita told L’Equipe that the search for a new manager has already begun, saying he had already spoken to Barcelona’s former reserve team coach Gerard Lopez and Jocelyn Gourvennec. Kita also admitted that Vieira was a candidate he was considering.

“We’re thinking about everyone,” Kita added.  “I don’t have a preference. I want good guys.”

Vieira was reportedly left frustrated with the Arsenal situation as he received was reported as a “token gesture” from his former club.

NYCFC, meanwhile, is set to face off with the Colorado Rapids on Saturday.


  1. Neither Nice or Nantes would be a step up for Viera. Nantes was a club known for developing young players for years, but they haven’t done much. And Nice has been in the news mostly because of Balotelli. It’s nice to be mentioned for European vacancies, but I think he will ultimately land in a more prominent position.

    • With all due respect…..the point is not to go to a better team, (he is, by far) but to go to a better league. One where he can compete against actual football coaches and be exposed to a higher level that helps him grow as a professional. There’s only so much he can learn from Sigi “The Blimp” Schmid.


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