The Daily Mirror believes that Vieira is touted as a leading-candidate to replace Dick Advocaat at Sunderland, with the Black Cats set to battle against relegation again this term.
Vieira is currently in charge of Manchester City’s Elite Development Squad, which is an extremely posh way of saying ‘youth team’.
Since finishing his playing career at City, after a spell in Italy following his Arsenal exit in 2005, Vieira has remained behind the scenes at the Etihad Stadium as he works his way towards a senior position.
Appointing him as Sunderland’s first-team boss is a risky move though as he has no prior experience at the highest levels of management and it could be a costly appointment, as the Wearside club have rode their luck in recent years to avoid a drop to the second-tier.
Arsenal fans, would Patrick Vieira be a good predecessor to Arsene Wenger?