Official: France legend Patrick Vieira agrees OGC Nice head coach role after New York City FC exit
Posted: 11 June 2018 Time: 14:44
After being linked as Arsene Wenger's successor last month, Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira has confirmed his first European head coach role with Ligue 1 side OGC Nice.
The 1998 FIFA World Cup winner succeeds Lucien Favre as Nice manager in his first managerial role in European football.
Viera, 41, leaves America after two-and-a-half years in charge at New York, where he took over after beginning his coaching career at partner club Manchester City in their youth academy.
His MLS exit was bizarrely confirmed on Man City’s website before the announcement was unpublished.
"I would like to thank City Football Group and New York City FC for the opportunity to have coached this tremendous football club," the statement read.
"Leaving New York is an incredibly difficult decision for me and my family and one that has not been taken lightly.
"From the beginning, City Football Group and its leadership, particularly our chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak, Brian Marwood, Ferran Soriano and Marty Edelman, have believed in me and have helped guide me through the last eight years of my career - starting with my time as a player and ultimately culminating with my first opportunity to manage a first team."