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Man City line up Patrick Vieira as future manager

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Vieira viewed as a future Man City manager
Vieira viewed as a future Man City manager

Manchester City are lining up former Patrick Vieira as a potential manager, according to club’s Football Administration Officer Brian Marwood.

Vieira was recently appointed as manager of City's sister club New York City in America's MLS, with the intention that the French World Cup winner from 1998 will return as a Premier League boss at the Etihad Stadium.

"Hopefully, at some point, he'll come back and manage Manchester City," Marwood told Sky Sports.

"That's the ambition for him and that's the ambition for us, but he has to go through this learning curve.

"It was important that we could find the next development stage for Patrick and it was still part of the group.

"That opportunity came about in New York. We are really excited, he is really excited by it and I think it is exactly the next step he needs.

"Since he came to City, he showed that within the dressing room, but we also felt there was a big long-term potential with him. We took him on our journey that saw him for one year working within the business."

It seems unlikely that Vieira will be ready to take over from current City manager Manuel Pellegrini any time soon, but that situation may have changed by the time he ends his three-year deal coaching New York City.