Report: Newcastle dealt blow in race to appoint Patrick Vieira, as Fenerbahce plan approach

Patrick Vieira

Newcastle could miss out on Patrick Vieira, with Fenerbahce reportedly keen on the Arsenal great.

According to a report in the Shields Gazette, Newcastle could now miss out on appointing Patrick Vieira as manager, with Turkish giants Fenerbahce now keen on hiring him this summer.

The midfield great is said to be the prime managerial target for the vacant role at St James’ Park, and along with Steve McClaren, are being discussed by the Magpies board.

It would be his first senior job in management, being currently in charge of Manchester City’s youth team, and Newcastle were planning on opening talks with the former Arsenal midfielder today.

However, they now face competition from Fenerbahce, with the Turkish side keen on hiring Vieira this summer.

There are no confirmations as to which job Vieira would prefer, although the task at Newcastle will undoubtedly be harder for the World Cup winner, with the Magpies close to falling out of the top flight, whilst Fenerbahce are one of Turkey’s ‘big three’ clubs.

Although Newcastle wanted to open talks with Vieira today concerning the role, the new interest may cause him to delay upon any decision until he has had the chance to speak to both clubs.

The report also states that Newcastle retain an interest in McClaren, as well as a third unnamed candidate, likely to be Michael Laudrup, who makes up their three-man managerial shortlist.

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