New York City FC’s fantastic start to 2018 will have to continue without its manager, as Patrick Vieira is set to move overseas.
Multiple sources have told Pro Soccer Talk that Vieira’s move to Ligue 1 side OGC Nice –which was reported by PST over the weekend — are being finalized as contract negotiations are in advanced stages.
A two-year contract is currently on the table for Vieira to join the French club, who finished eighth place in Ligue 1 during the 2017/18 campaign.
Updated: Multiple sources have told PST that Nice has stepped up its negotiations with Vieira over the weekend, and that a deal between the two sides is getting very close to completion.
A resolution to the contract discussions could be finalized as early as Wednesday, however, another source tells PST that it could take until the end of the week as Vieira is seeking a defined role at his new club.
French outlet RMC Sport reported that Nice executive director Julien Fournier is expected to fly to New York this week to try and close the deal, and that could occur on Tuesday or Wednesday.
There hasn’t been confirmation over when Fournier will arrive though.
Finally, L’Equipe has reported that NYCFC will in fact be due a buyout for the remainder of Vieira’s contract, which is estimated to be $350,000 towards the MLS side.
There aren’t any indications to this point as to whether or not NYCFC has an interim manager in mind to replace the outgoing Vieira.
The 41-year-old manager has spent the last two-plus seasons in New York City, guiding NYCFC to back-to-back second-place finishes in the Eastern Conference. He took over at the team in 2016, following the firing of the team’s first-ever manager Jason Kreis (now at Orlando City).
Vieira will be replacing Lucien Favre at Nice, who recently left the club at the conclusion of the Ligue 1 season. Favre has since taken the vacant managerial position at Borussia Dortmund.
Over recent months, Vieira has been linked to several other European jobs, including Saint Etienne (Ligue 1) and Southampton (Premier League), neither of which escalated to a serious level of interest.Follow @MattReedFutbol