Former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira is reportedly a managerial target for Newcastle United.
Vieira is at the end of his contract as Manchester City Under-21 coach and the Citizens are yet to offer him an extension.
This means that the 38-year-old is effectively available, and it seems that Newcastle want to hand him the role of their first-team head coach.
Newcastle fans will want a manager who understands the club and respects it, and in Vieira they will get just that.
One of the greatest players to have featured in the Premier League, Vieira said in an interview two years ago that St. James’ Park is his favourite stadium in England.
Asked as part of an FA TV Q&A conducted over Twitter what his favourite stadium in England was, he replied, as quoted by The Chronicle: "St James’ Park."
“My favourite stadium in England is Newcastle’s stadium," he added. "I like the atmosphere, I like the way the stadium is built and I loved playing there.”
Vieira’s comments from 2013 show just how big an impression St. James’ Park has made on him, and suggest that he will have appreciation for the fans if he is given the managerial job.
Newcastle may be an also-ran in the Premier League, but they have some of the best fans in England. And Vieira knows that.