A few months after declaring his relationship with Arsene Wenger was ‘really good’, Patrick Vieira appears to have had a little pop at his old boss for his hands off approach when it comes to his own managerial career.
The 40 year old is currently the boss of New York City FC, an MLS franchise 80% owned by the City Football Group, a holding company run by the owners of Manchester City.
And speaking to France Football, he said that Wenger did little to foster his desire to manage once his playing days were over.
“I’m not saying Arsene didn’t give me the desire to manage,” he said. “He might have done so without me realising but he never guided me, never showed me the way.
“Maybe Arsene wanted his former players to do it on their own. I find that a bit of a shame because all those who left Arsenal and who are managers always got on well with him.”
Imagine, a manager famed for letting players find their own way on the pitch is pretty much the same off it. It all sounds a bit needy from Vieira who, not for the first time, has highlighted the lack of former players on the Arsenal coaching staff.
“It’s a bit sad to not see old players in Arsenal’s staff,” he said. “I’m not [just] talking about the first team. There’s only Freddie Ljungberg.”
A certain Steve Bould, currently Arsene Wenger’s assistant manager, might have something to say about that.
Vieira is facing a stern test in on the other side of the Atlatic, as his City side have to overcome a 2-0 lead, for which he was criticised by players, when they play Toronto FC in MLS Eastern Conference semi-final second leg.
We’re sure if he gives Arsene a call he’d be happy to provide a bit of advice 😉