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?
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.