Manchester City fans in the Tavern will be interested to hear that the club’s Elite Development Squad manager Patrick Vieira is still being groomed to be a future first team manager at the Etihad, according to the Manchester Evening News.
The concept comes after Brian Marwood, the Blues’ Football Administration Officer, claimed that Vieira’s scheduled takeover at sister club New York City FC on 1st January is part of a wider development scheme to prepare the Frenchman to take charge at City once his three-year contract in the MLS expires.
“It was important that we could find the next development stage for Patrick and it was still part of the group. That opportunity came about in New York. We are really excited, he is really excited by it and I think it is exactly the next step he needs.”
Marwood revealed that the club are keen to see the former Arsenal midfielder as a manager, especially at City, in the future. But he also made it apparent that Vieira needs time to develop as a manager.
“Hopefully, at some point, he’ll come back and manage Manchester City. That’s the ambition for him and that’s the ambition for us. But he has to go through this learning curve. We always felt from day one that he could make a major contribution to the club.”
“The club, at that time, still had a lot of developing to do, a lot of growing up to do and the culture, which is very important to what we are about, needed to be driven by people that had been around winning mentalities, winning culture, humility and trying to have the right values and behaviours.”
And Marwood was full of praise for Vieira, as he believes that he holds all of the required qualities to be a top class manager in the future.
“We felt Patrick epitomised all of those things, so he was very crucial to where we were in that stage in our development. Since he came, he showed that within the dressing room, but we also felt there was a big long-term potential with him. We took him on our journey that saw him for one year working within the business.”
However, with the City Football Group growing as a worldwide brand, having recently sold a 13% stake for £265 million, Marwood also cited the importance of off-field financial and commercial performance of a club, as well as the on-field performance of a team’s players.
“He had lived as a footballer for many years , but probably had not quite grasped or understood the importance of communications, marketing, commercial, legal and all those areas.
“To be fair to him, he immersed himself fully in those 12 months and I think he came away with a different perception of what a football club was about.”
For Manchester City fans in the Tavern it’s a positive step, developing a manager than full understands the club’s vision and desire moving forward- rather than paying big-bucks to get in world class managers with different ideas.
They remain concerned that Arsenal could steal a march on the Frenchman though, given his legendary status in North London.
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