Patrick Vieira reveals the words of ‘consolation’ that Arsene Wenger gave him after being fired by Nice
‘You are never a real coach until you get fired’: Patrick Vieira reveals the words of ‘comfort’ his former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has given him after his dismissal from Nice … while ‘two English clubs’ are said to have him attacked as a manager
- Patrick Vieira has spoken out for the first time since he was fired by Nice
- Vieira was sacked by Nice last December after five consecutive defeats
- He has revealed that he has taken advice from former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger
- The ex-midfielder is reportedly the subject of interest from two English clubs
Patrick Vieira has revealed that he was seeking wisdom from his former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger as he looks forward to returning to management following his resignation from Nice.
Vieira has spoken out for the first time since being sacked by Nice in December last year after a string of five consecutive defeats and a shocking exit from the Europa League – with his reign at the club lasting two years after he started in June 2018. went.
And now in the run-up to a return to the administrative hotseat, with The team Vieira reports that two English clubs have ‘positioned’ themselves to make a move for the Frenchman, and Vieira has taken vital advice from legendary Arsenal boss Wenger.
Patrick Vieira wants to return to management after being fired by Nice last December
When asked in an interview with the French publication if he had called one of his former coaches to better analyze his time at Nice, Vieira replied: ‘Of course I had Arsene on the phone. And one of the first sentences he said was, “You are not a real coach until you get fired.”
We discussed how he saw me from the outside. They were very constructive discussions, as always with Arsene.
‘When you come into this profession, you have to accept the idea that you will be fired at some point. I would have preferred it to have been a little later, but it happened, and what’s important to me, and I’m sure today, is that this is an experience for me. ‘
Vieira’s resignation from Nice came as a hard blow to the 1998 World Cup winner in France, who has great managerial ambitions.
The 44-year-old was previously linked with the vacant position at Arsenal following Unai Emery’s departure, before the position was eventually given to Mikel Arteta.
Vieira has sought managerial advice from his former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger
His links with Manchester City and the City group after his short playing days there and his time as coach of the club’s elite development team also increased the possibility that he would be a long-term replacement for Pep Guardiola.
But his dismissal meant he took a big step back, and when asked if he was worried the ‘failure’ tag would follow him in the future, Vieira insisted he bounce back.
“No no, not at all,” he replied. ‘From the moment you get fired, you see it as a failure, but I am at the start of my coaching career. And my goal is to go really high. I will give myself the tools to succeed.
And the way people view this failure is part of my construction as a coach. There have been failures in my playing career, I have always been able to bounce back. ‘
The Frenchman added: ‘My ambition is to have a good career as a coach. I am determined, I want it. And we are only at the beginning. I will give myself the tools to succeed. As a player I have always searched for things, I have always fought. It will be the same for this job. I’m going to get what I want. I want to go to the very high level.
The Frenchman led New York City FC before switching to Ligue 1 outfit Nice
‘When I have contact with Arsene and he tells me that he has observed me and that I can be successful. These are the things that comfort me. ‘
Vieira, who previously awaited his time for his next managerial move, has admitted that his wish is “to return very soon now.”
L’Equipe revealed that Vieira is the subject of interest from two English clubs, but he also has suitors elsewhere.
Vieira, who was initially in charge of New York City FC before returning to Europe, has reportedly turned down lucrative offers from the Middle East.
Vieira reportedly sees his administrative future in Europe and faces an ambitious project.
The former Arsenal skipper has not ruled out another stint in France, while he is open to moving to Italy as well after previously playing for AC Milan, Juventus and Inter.