OGC Nice has Patrick Vieira Monday appointed as trainer. The 41-year-old Frenchman follows the Borussia Dortmund left Lucien Favre on at the club from Ligue 1.
Vieira was also mentioned as a possible successor to Arsène Wenger at his old club Arsenal. That place, however, went to Unai Emery, at the end of april, with Paris Saint-Germain.
At Nice begins Vieira to his second job as head coach. In 2015, the former midfielder of Arsenal, Internazionale, Juventus and Manchester City on a three-year contract with New York City, which plays in the MLS. Previously, he coached the reserves of Manchester City.
“This is exactly what I’m looking for, so I’m very pleased to be here,” says Vieira. “I’m going to work with passionate people that will support in good times and bad. My own spelerscarrière does not matter anymore, it is now important what I can show as a trainer.”
Vieira was 23 years ago last active in France, but when as a player. The 107-fold international started his career at AS Cannes, and exchanged the club in 1995 for AC Milan.
Vieira posted the biggest successes in his career at Arsenal, which he between 1996 and 2005, three times champion and four FA Cups won.
With Internazionale (2006-2010) picked up the former midfielder also three league titles. In 2010, moved he to Manchester City and a year later he decided to put an end to his career.
President Jean-Pierre Rivère Nice describes Vieira, who in 1998 France became world champion, and two years later with the national team to the European title won, as “a trainer who is nice and wants to play football, and talents to encourage in their development and on a winning team can forge”.
Nice hopes the coming season is to participate to the top spots in the league. The club from the Ligue 1 ended last season in eighth place.