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FORMER Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira was appointed as the new manager of Ligue 1 outfit Nice today.
Vieira has left his role as head coach of New York City FC to replace Lucien Favre at the Allianz Riviera.
The 41-year-old Frenchman had been linked with replacing Arsene Wenger at Arsenal following his countryman’s departure, but he now returns to his homeland to take charge of a Nice side that finished eighth last season.
“After two-and-a-half years as head coach of NYCFC, today will be my last day,” Vieira wrote on Twitter.
“I can honestly say that my time with the club has been absolutely perfect — both on the professional and personal level.”
Announcing Vieira’s departure, New York City were quick to thank the former World Cup winner for his endeavours.
“New York City FC today announced that head coach Patrick Vieira is leaving the club to join OGC Nice, effective immediately,” a club statement read.
“Vieira departs after two-and-a-half years at the helm, having led the team to two consecutive play-off appearances and with a current second place standing in the Eastern Conference.”
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