Keith Downie of Sky Sports is reporting that Patrick Vieira will hold talks with Newcastle United early next week for the vacant head coach position.
That comes as the Telegraph are reporting Newcastle will go with their first choice Steve McClaren – and will appoint him next week – so take your pick.
Patrick Vieira – will hold talks with Newcastle early next week
Patrick is a good up-and-coming coach and of course he is a huge name in football, and he is young at only 38 years old and he is out of contract at Manchester City at the end of June.
Patrick has been coaching at City since 2011 and he has been the Manchester City U21 manager for the last two years.
Patrick is a good coach who is spending the weekend in Wales on a coaching conference and still has to pass his UEFA pro license, but that would not prevent him accepting the Newcastle job – if he gets the offer.
Sky Sports are reporting Steve McClaren is also still in the running, but Patrick will now have the opportunity to impress the Newcastle Football Board when he meets with them early next week at St. James’ Park.
Patrick would be able to attract some good players to Newcastle this summer if he gets the appointment, and while the choice would contain some risk – his record at City as a coach is a very good one and he seems to be able to handle his players very well.
Patrick Vieira is also a football man through and through, who has lots of contacts in football, and he has prestige as a World Cup winning player when France hammered Brazil 3-0 in 1998 in Paris.
If it’s between Patrick Vieira and Steve McClaren, we would much prefer to see Patrick given the job, and he could really get the Newcastle fans excited about the future.
That’s the type of appointment we need to see from Lee Charnley – and it looks like the choice will be made next week.