Why Patrick Vieira should not replace Manuel Pellegrini as Manchester City boss

Patrick Vieira

There are reports that Patrick Vieira is being lined up as the new head coach at Manchester City, but he is not the right man for the task.

According to the Daily Mail this week, Patrick Vieira has the backing of the Manchester City hierarchy to become the new head coach if they decide to sack Manuel Pellegrini this summer.

However, even with the support of staff and players, it would be a bad move for the French coach if he were to make the step up so soon in his managerial career.

During his time with the Elite Developmental Squad, Vieira has done an excellent job with the young kids in his team. He has had to deal with his best players constantly going out on loan, and he works with a very young squad in the Under-21s.

It is in the UEFA Youth League where you can see that he still has a lot to learn and is not quite ready for the step up.

In the quarter-final win against Schalke his side dominated only to be pegged back by a late goal. City slacked off in the second half. Vieira was unable to affect the game with his substitutions.

Then in Rome it was a huge learning curve for the World Cup winner when his side were reduced to nine-men and lost the game despite dominating in large spells.

There is no real criticism towards his coaching ability, but it is clear he is still just at the very beginning of his coaching journey.

If Vieira was going to leave the EDS set-up, it would make much more sense to have him as a No.2 or coach to whoever comes in to replace Pellegrini.

Moving to the assistant role, perhaps while also continuing his work with the younger players, would be a much more suitable move for the former Arsenal and Juventus midfielder.

It’s a nice idea to see someone progress up the ladder, but it would be a bad move for Vieira at this current stage in his career.

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