Patrick Vieira is no longer under consideration to be the next Newcastle United manager, according to Sky Sources.Vieira, who is currently an elite development coach at Manchester City, had been a strong candidate to take the job as his first in club management.Former Arsenal and Manchester City midfielder Vieira, 38, City’s under-21 manager, had been considered as a replacement for John Carver.
The former Arsenal and France midfielder is keen to manage in his own right and had been identified by Newcastle as fitting their criteria of a young and progressive head coach. The Frenchman and United are thought to have touched base but it appears that hopes have faded fast on the World Cup winner landing the post.Patrick Vieira is understood to be out of the running for the job of head coach at Newcastle United.
Newcastle United could now turn to Steve McClaren as Vieira drifts out of the running for the head coach role. Vieira is out of the running to become the new head coach of Premier League side with ex-England manager favorite to get the job.
McClaren is tipped to take over after being sacked by Derby last month. The 54-year-old joined Derby in September 2013 and led them to the Championship play-off final in 2014.Derby announced the decision around an hour after Norwich beat Middlesbrough in the Championship play-off final at Wembley to earn a place in next season’s Premier League.
Vieira, a World Cup winner with France in 1998, won three league titles and four FA Cups in nine years at Arsenal.He moved to Juventus in 2005 but returned to the Premier League in 2010 when he signed for Manchester City and helped them win the 2011 FA Cup before retiring from playing two months later. Vieira has been linked with Turkish giants Fenerbahce and has other options,but it is believed that he wants full control over transfers
Carver had also wanted to take the job on a permanent basis after acting as caretaker since Alan Pardew’s departure to Crystal Palace in January.“At the time when all that is going on it’s difficult to say how you feel, but obviously deep down inside I want to be head coach of this football club,” said Carver. Meanwhile it is reported that he Magpies will also retain John Carver as assistant coach and the backroom team of Steve Stone and Andy Woodman will also continue their posts if they want to stay on.
If the club decide to make an external appointment and not keep Carver in charge, it is believed Steve McClaren will be a leading candidate.