Everybody knows that Patrick Vieira was a mountain of a player for Arsenal back in the day, but there were quite a few Gunners fans that got annoyed when he decided to go and become a coach at Manchester City when he retired from playing rather than return to the club that made him into a star.
But he paid his dues at City and after four years in training and development at City he decided to become a manager forthe first time, and last November he became the boss at the new MLS club New York City FC, who are also sponsored by Etihad, who also spònsor Man City.
After 32 games in the MLS NYC FC are joint top of the table and the great ex-England star Frank Lampard (who at 38 is only 2 years younger than Vieira!) has been mightily impressed with his old rival.
“‘He’s really good.” Lampard said. “I was a bit sceptical about it because I remember those days playing against Vieira. We did used to have ding dongs,’
‘As a manager I’ve got complete respect for him. He’s got his way of playing.
‘He’s very dedicated to playing out from the back and not many teams do that, from goalkeeper right up to the front. Now all of a sudden we are getting the benefits of it.
‘I see him having a huge future.’
So how many of us would like to see Vieira take over from Wenger, considering he spent nearly ten years playing under Le Prof?