Patrick Vieira says his relationship with Arsene Wenger remains ‘really good’ and that he could turn to his former mentor, along with other managers he’s played under, for coaching advice.
The former France captain left Manchester City in January to take up the head coach role at MLS outfit New York City FC and hopes garnering experience Stateside will help him fulfil his ambition of one day managing a top European club.
“When I did my Pro Licence, I spent a week at Bayern Munich [watching Guardiola] and I have a really good relationship with him,” Vieira told The Times [paywalled].
“All the good coaches I’ve had, I have a really good relationship with. I’m in contact with Arsène, with [José] Mourinho. If I have something that I struggle with and I want someone with experience, I know I can pick up a phone and give them a call.
“No [I’ve not contacted them yet], because they’re really busy!” he added.
“When the season finishes I’m planning to go and see some of the coaches that I really like and spend a few days with them — if they want of course — and try to take something from them.
Asked if he might drop in on London Colney when the MLS season ends, he added: “I know Arsène really well so I may want to go to some people I don’t know and see something different.”
In a wide-ranging interview the 40-year-old also had some juicy lines about Arsenal not employing former players as coaches; a role most recently highlighted when Thierry Henry had a job offer with the under-18s withdrawn when he refused to give up his media work.
“I find it a little bit disappointing not having ex-Arsenal players working at Arsenal,” Vieira says.
“Players want to do it and not having the opportunity they feel disappointed. The perfect example is Ajax when you see all the old players working for the club. The door’s always open for them. That’s nice.
“Arsenal don’t do it and I don’t know the reason. Arsenal are the first team — with Manchester City of course — that I watch. I’m still a big fan of Arsenal.”