French outfit Nice have this afternoon confirmed the appointment of former Arsenal and Juventus midfielder Patrick Vieira as the club’s new manager.
Vieira, 41, previously spent time coaching Manchester City’s reserves, and had been the first-team boss of MLS outfit New York City FC since 2016.
The Frenchman was heavily linked with the vacant managerial position at Arsenal, before Unai Emery’s eventual appointment last month.
Arsenal were said to have been impressed by the progress of New York City under Vieira over the last two years, with the status of the 107-time capped French international in North London having added weight to the links between he and the vacant hotseat at the Emirates.
However, a subsequent report from Sky Sports claimed that, while the Gunners had made contact with their former midfield star, Vieira saw the reaching out of the club as more of a ‘token gesture’, implying that he may never have truly been in the running to replace Arsene Wenger in the first place.
Despite having not been handed the reigns at Arsenal, though, reports quickly spread throughout France over recent weeks that Vieira was nevertheless set for a return to Europe, following Lucien Favre’s departure from Nice to take over at Borussia Dortmund.
And, following weeks of negotiations and will-he, won’t-he rumours in the media, Nice have this afternoon officially appointed Vieira as the club’s new manager:
— OGC Nice 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@ogcnice_eng) June 11, 2018
Speaking in his first press conference as boss of Les Aiglons, Vieira explained:
‘I am fulfilled, happy. This is what I was looking for – I will work in good conditions with passionate people, who will support me in the good and the bad times. I’m very happy to be here.’