Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

New Nice manager Patrick Vieira insists his Arsenal success ‘no longer counts’

New Nice manager Patrick Vieira insists his Arsenal success ‘no longer counts’

French club Nice have have confirmed former Arsenal midfielder, Patrick Vieira, as their new manager.

Vieira takes over from Lucien Favre, who was appointed Borussia Dortmund coach in May.

"I am fulfilled, happy", said Vieira.

After winning three Premier League titles and three FA Cups he joined Juventus for a season as the club topped Serie A but then were stripped of the title and then had four years with Inter Milan each topped with a Serie A crown.

"Though I have been fortunate enough to visit NY on numerous occasions, I am looking forward to living and coaching in this special city and meeting the fans as soon as possible".

'Vieira departs after two and a half years at the helm having led the team to two consecutive play-off appearances and with a current second place standing in the Eastern Conference'.

Vieira, 41, will be joined in Nice by his assistant Christian Lattanzio and members of the NY backroom staff including performance coach Kristian Wilson and physical performance coach Matt Cook.

Viera, 41, leaves America after two-and-a-half years in charge at NY, where he took over after beginning his coaching career at partner club Manchester City in their youth academy.

New Nice coach Patrick Vieira wants to make sure that Arsenal target Mario Balotelli does not leave the club this summer.

"Nice were looking for a coach with the ability to continue to produce attractive football, to bring through youngsters by taking risks to help them grow, and someone who lives and breathes to win", President Jean-Pierre Rivere said on the club's website https://www.ogcnice.com.

Vieira played 107 times for France and was part of the squads that won the World Cup and Euro 2000.

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