Report: Patrick Vieira to hold talks with Newcastle, could become new manager

Patrick Vieira

Newcastle are reportedly targeting Patrick Vieira to be their new manager.

According to Sky Sports, former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira will hold talks over becoming the next Newcastle United manager this week.

The Magpies managed to stay in the Premier League after a 2-0 win over West Ham United on the final day of the season last week, but interim boss John Carver clearly hasn't done enough to land the job on a permanent basis after a torrid spell in charge of the club.

Now, Newcastle will be looking for a long-term appointment after the departure of Alan Pardew in January, and it seems that former Arsenal star Vieira is on their shortlist.

The Frenchman is currently in charge of Manchester City's reserves, but could make a shock step-up to Newcastle after Sky Sports revealed that talks are scheduled this week.

The 38-year-old is highly thought of at the Etihad Stadium and has even been touted as the future successor to Manuel Pellegrini at City, but there is now a chance that he leaves Manchester in order to become a first team manager for the first time at Newcastle.

Sky report that Vieira fits the mould that Newcastle are seeking, noting that he is a 'young, hungry' manager rather than an experienced head, though ex-England manager Steve McClaren remains in the running having left Derby County last week.

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