Former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira has been appointed as the new manager of French Ligue 1 side OGC Nice.
The former Manchester City, Inter Milan and Juventus midfielder had been tipped to replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal before the appointment of Unai Emery.
“Leaving New York is an incredibly difficult decision for me and my family and one that has not been taken lightly,” said Vieira.
Nice finished eighth in Ligue 1 last season, missing out on a Europa League spot place by one point. Vieira takes over from Lucien Favre, who was appointed Borussia Dortmund coach in May.
Vieira’s Assistant coach Christian Lattanzio, performance coach Kristian Wilson and physical performance coach Matt Cook have also joined Nice.
The 41-year-old retired at Manchester City in 2011 and was named a football development executive with the Premier League club.
In 2015, Vieira attains the position of the head coach of New York City, leaving his role as head coach of Manchester City’s Under-21s.
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During his playing career, Vieira rose to prominence during a hugely successful spell at Arsenal from 1996 to 2005, where he eventually became the club captain, and won three Premier League titles – one unbeaten – and three FA Cups.
He also won four straight Italian titles from 2007-2010 before joining Manchester City in January 2010, helping them win the 2011 FA Cup. He has won four FA Cups and eight league titles.
At the international level, Vieira obtained 107 caps for France, and was part of their 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000-winning sides; he was also a member of the French team that finished runners-up in the 2006 World Cup.
Vieira began his coaching career in impressive fashion, guiding New York to back-to-back playoff appearances in his first two seasons.