According to a tweet by Daily Telegraph journalist Luke Edwards, Newcastle United had ‘minimal contact‘ with current OGC Nice boss Patrick Vieira before considering Steve Bruce as a ‘second choice‘ for the managerial role.
Vieira, who took charge of Ligue 1 outfit Nice in 2018 after leaving his post as New York City FC head coach, has since guided them to a seventh-place finish in 2018/2019 while continuing to steady the ship this campaign – with the club currently sitting eighth having lost just once in their last five games this season.
Even though Nice are currently six points off a European place, they have had to contend with the loss of last season’s star player and top scorer Allan Saint-Maximin to Newcastle in the summer – with the Frenchman since going on to dazzle in flashes despite his hamstring injury during the festive period.
Now, according to Edwards, Vieira could’ve potentially swapped France for Tyneside along with Saint-Maximin – with the journalist revealing on social media that the Magpies actually had ‘minimal contact’ with the Arsenal legend before appointing Bruce.
However, opting for the former Sunderland boss instead, Newcastle have since gone on to lie 13th in the Premier League table – having picked up impressive results against the likes of Man United, Man City and Tottenham this season.
Even though there have been positives to Bruce’s reign, some critics have taken issue with the Toon Army’s style of play at points this season, especially considering their emphasis on sitting deep and defending.
Regardless of the valid complaints, Vieira could’ve been a gamble as far as Newcastle are concerned – with an experienced relegation combatant like Bruce potentially proving to be the safer option in avoiding another drop to England’s second tier.
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