Patrick Vieira has confirmed that he is leaving Manchester City’s City Football Group for a new challenge.
Vieira has been linked with City since the final days of his playing career, taking on a coaching role upon his retirement in 2011.
He quickly moved up the ranks, having been placed in charge of the club’s reserve team and Elite Development squad two years later.
His first chance as a senior manager came at City-owned New York City FC, where he impressed enough to be a candidate for the recently vacant Arsenal job.
Unai Emery was given that chance however, and so Vieira is headed to Ligue Un club Nice.
“I would like to thank City Football Group and New York City FC for the opportunity to have coached this tremendous football club,” Vieira said in a statement on Sunday.
“Leaving New York is an incredibly difficult decision for me and for my family and one that has not been taken lightly.
“From the beginning, City Football Group and its leadership, particularly our chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak, Brian Marwood, Ferran Soriano and Marty Edelman, have believed in me and have helped guide me through the last eight years of my career – starting with my time as a player and ultimately culminating with my first opportunity to manage a first team.”