Patrick Vieira has recently been linked with the Arsenal management job, and has been touted as a potential successor to Arsene Wenger, as reported by the Metro.
If the Frenchman really is being lined up as the eventual replacement for Wenger though, then we may have to wait for a while to see him at the club. Vieira has just been named the manager of MLS side New York City FC, signing a three year deal starting in January 2016.
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The story that the former Arsenal man was set to take over from Wenger seemed a little far-fetched, as he isn’t blessed with a huge amount of managerial experience – currently holding the post of Elite Development squad manager at Manchester City. He may well turn out to be an exceptional manager, but a spell in the MLS will give us a much better idea of his credentials.
Wenger won’t be around forever, but we have to be very careful about who we appoint following his departure. After operating under the same man for close to two decades it will be a massive adjustment, and we’ve seen the negative impact a new manager can have in that situation – just look how long it has taken Manchester United to recover to the point they are today.
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Whoever takes over from Wenger he needs to be a top quality manager, and no doubt the 65-year-old will have a big say in who his eventual successor is.