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Vieira in line to replace Mancini as City boss

Just days after it was rumoured that Patrick Vieira could return to Arsenal as head of youth development, he is now possibly set for a surprisingly swift move to management after Manchester City appearing to be losing patience with Roberto Mancini.

The Daily Star claims that Mancini has lost the dressing room at City this season, with the latest in poor performances in a 3-1 defeat at Southampton proving the last straw, as the Italian was reportedly fuming with his players after the game.

Vieira currently works at the Etihad as a football development executive, and has no coaching experience to speak of as far as I know. The Frenchman went straight into this role with City after retiring as a player in 2011.

The former midfielder enjoyed a glorious career, spending his best years with Arsenal, where as captain he led the team to the league title unbeaten in 2003/04. Still thought of fondly by many gooners, it was hoped that he might return to the club one day, although if there’s anything to this latest rumour he might be set for a long association with the Manchester club.

However, it does seem a rather strange story. As I said, he really doesn’t seem qualified for the position at all, and surely with their money they could tempt a bigger name. With the likes of Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp possibly available at the end of the season, surely they would wait to target one of them?

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