Patrick Vieira Linked With Newcastle Job

Well,  this has come out of the blue with Manchester City Patrick Vieira gaining favor in the betting stakes and he has suddenly come in at 6/1 on SkyBet,  and is behind Steve McClaren (4/11) and John Carver (5/1) as the third favorite to get Newcastle job.

How is John Carver still second favorite?

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Patrick Vieira – 38 year-old Manchester City Reserve team manager

Patrick Vieira is currently the Manager of the Reserve squad at Manchester City, and his contract is up this summer.

Patrick, one of the great defensive midfield players for France and Arsenal announced his retirement from playing in 2011 while at Manchester City,  and stayed at City in a training and youth development role initially.

Two years ago he was appointed as the club’s new Reserve Team and Elite Development squad manager.

So he’s had some coaching in the last few years but never at the top level, so in that sense he would be a risk – but remember Kevin Keegan had no previous experience when Newcastle United appointed him as their manager back in 1992 – and look what Kevin did.

Patrick would be an interesting choice if he was actually appointed as the Newcastle head coach, and of course he was a world-class player who was used to being successful,  and being French cannot harm him either at Newcastle.

His standing in the game would also help to attract top players to the club – there’s no doubt about that.

It’s interesting that recently Patrick said he thought the Liverpool and Newcastle fans were the most passionate fans around.

This is what he said in early March:

“Liverpool’s fans were always very passionate, as were Newcastle United” “A passionate atmosphere can be very intimidating for players, but as professionals this is part of the game and you must rise to the challenge.”

We have no idea if Newcastle are actually interested in appointing Patrick – but the fact that Steve McClaren and John Carver are the two top favorites for the position is more than  a little worrying.

They both would be the safe and easy choices for Lee Charnley – but so was John Carver in January – and that turned out to be an absolute disaster and nearly cost Newcastle their Premier league status.

Lee needs to show more boldness in his next decision on Newcastle’s permanent head coach.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • cyprus

    May 29, 2015 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #1

    Viera, inexperienced, no titles, no.
    We need someone who knows how to win titles and can instil that mentality. Ed, you said most fans would be delighted if Moyes was appointed. I’d just accept it.
    We need a statement of intent, even if it doesn’t come good first time around (yep, it happens).

    A very good coach, two star players, three good rolls of the dice.

  • cyprus

    May 29, 2015 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #2

    It= success

  • Novocastrian66

    May 29, 2015 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #3
  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 29, 2015 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #4

    Newcastle at the moment is not a place for someone taking their first management job we need a professional who is proven over lots of seasons

    Because of the money involved in the premiership most teams are going to be pretty equal in terms of player quality so you need a manager who knows what he is doing to gain the upper hand in matches

  • salfordgeordie

    May 29, 2015 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #6

    Maybe as an assistant to Jocelyn Gourvennec???

  • sickandtired

    May 29, 2015 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #7

    Repost from earlier this morning – took a few hours but Ed was true to form ———

    Anyone else not a little peeved with Ed’s constant re-printing of other people’s speculation?
    It seems to me his entire blog is based on repeating press stories which continue to be completely baseless.
    There’s also a story out now that Viera is on the radar – wonder how long before Ed suggests the Club is ‘looking’ at him too?

  • ToonFromLeeds

    May 29, 2015 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #8

    Ladies & Gents I’m not from Newcastle so can anyone tell me is the chronicle a good paper or just a rag?

  • barkel

    May 29, 2015 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #9

    sickandtired @6

    If you don’t like it don’t read it, simple as

  • IrishGeordie9

    May 29, 2015 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #10

    Please will someone repost my last post on the last thread onto this one? Some of you may know about my outdated phone and its incapability to copy and paste properly. Thanks in advance. 🙂

  • Novocastrian66

    May 29, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #11

    Just for you Irish
    IrishGeordie9 // May 29, 2015 at 2:50 PM

    Im with OP. Surely Charnley must realise that what has happened this year with our major flirt with relegation doesnt warrent them to have a holiday. They should be working hard to get a good manager in who will attract good players because that’s what our club deserves. Unfortunately, Carver has probably been told by Charnley that he is the head coach due to him being the easiest option and hence taken a celebratory holiday. They will delay the announcement until they are happy with the number of season tickets sold.

  • IrishGeordie9

    May 29, 2015 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #12


    Thankyou fella. 2015 and my phone can’t even do one of the most basic functions haha.

  • IrishGeordie9

    May 29, 2015 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #13

    So, who does everyone think the manager is going to be?

    My guess is the magnificent Carverinho.

  • mickalfas

    May 29, 2015 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #14

    Carver will be in charge next season
    Ffs I get pains in the chest just fcuking typing that
    Arseley out !!!

  • NOVA2967

    May 29, 2015 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #15

    Vieira with Keane as assistant haha

  • nufc 11

    May 29, 2015 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #16

    Would absolutely love to see him get the job if ever a man the players could look up to its him and french to boot too it’s a win-win Tony Adams as his assistant to sort out the back four inexperienced or not most people would rather them than mclaren carver duo.


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