City's Elite Development Squad manager is reportedly in the running for the head coaching vacancy at their MLS-based sister club.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini insists that he does not know what the future holds for Patrick Vieira, amid reports linking the Elite Development Squad chief with the vacant head coaching position at sister club New York City FC.
Sports Illustrated first reported last month that Vieira has been lined up by City Football Group to replace Jason Kreis as NYCFC boss after the MLS expansion side finished 12 points outside the playoffs in their inaugural season.
The rumours were further fuelled when Kreis was sacked earlier this week, but The Mirror later claimed that the Frenchman would prefer to wait for a Premier League job rather than head across the Atlantic.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday’s trip to Aston Villa, Pellegrini backed the former Arsenal great to be a success in management but stressed that he is in the dark over his colleague’s immediate intentions.
“If he really wants to go, he will go,” the Chilean told reporters when asked about the chances of Vieira heading to New York. “I repeat, I don’t know. He’s the only man that can answer if it’s really good for him, not me.
“I think Patrick’s a young manager that will be a success in football.”
Vieira, who ended his playing career at City in 2011 before accepting a youth development role, has been managing the club’s Elite Development Squad for the past three seasons and is known to be highly-regarded by ownership.
The 39-year-old was reportedly interviewed for the managerial vacancy at Newcastle United in June but the two parties could not come to an agreement due to a difference in policies [h/t Sky Sports].
Two of his EDS players, defenders Shay Facey and Angelino, spent time on loan at NYCFC last season but it remains to be seen whether they will return to the US next term.
Vieira being in charge at Yankee Stadium would likely influence things but he is not the only high-profile name being linked with the Eastern Conference outfit, as former England boss Fabio Capello is also believed to be in the running [h/t Telegraph].