We wake up this morning that Patrick Vieira could be on the verge of leaving Manchester City this summer.
When Vieira joined the Manchester City coaching staff in 2011, having recently stopped playing for the club, many Arsenal fans were critical of Arsene Wenger and the club for not doing enough to bring the former captain home. At the time, I could understand why Vieira went straight from playing for City to joining their set up as Football Development Executive. A made up title to keep Vieira round, pay a high wage, and use him to attract players.
Since then, Vieira has reportedly become a decent coach. Now the reserve team and Elite Development squad manager of Manchester City, he has spent 3 years gaining his coaching qualifications, and is highly regarded.
All of the cards are now falling into place. With his contract expiring, and his coaching experience, and Vieira still living in the Hampstead mansion he owned when playing for Arsenal, the club need to make an offer to bring the former captain home to London, and take his place amongst the Arsenal coaching staff.
Early reports are that he could be on the way to Bayern Munich to manager their ‘B’ team. This just further highlights how highly regarded he is throughout football. Any offer from Arsenal would surely gazump any approach by Bayern Munich.
Whilst being a top player does not necessarily make you a top coach or manager (Roy Keane, Tony Adams), Vieira has shown ability, and just having him around the club would be a good influence on the young players within the squad.
With Robert Pires employed by the club as an Ambassador, Thierry Henry having a larger involvement in the club whilst undertaking his coaching badge, Freddie Ljungberg set take his badges, and Gilberto Silva having recently been invitedback to the club to do some coaching, the return of Vieira alongside these invincible’s could see Arsenal end up mirroring the Ajax set up.
Imagine having 5 invincible’s on the training ground on a daily basis. All that would be missing would be Dennis Bergkamp.
The time has come for Arsenal to pull out the stops and bring Patrick Vieira home.