Patrick Vieira reveals why he has ruled himself out of running for Newcastle United job

Patrick Vieira says he wants to stay at Nice – after being linked with Newcastle United.

Monday, 1st July 2019, 1:49 pm
Patrick Vieira.
Patrick Vieira.

Vieira has been one of the favourites with bookmakers to succeed Rafa Benitez at St James’s Park. However, the former Arsenal midfielder – who took over at the Allianz Riviera stadium last summer after a spell at New York City – says he has “no intention” of leaving the Ligue 1 club.

The 43-year-old said: “I am at Nice long-term. I have no intention of going elsewhere. I’ve always felt good here, and with the people around me. I can’t see myself anywhere other than Nice.”

Newcastle will this week start approaching potential successors ahead of the return of the squad for pre-season training on Thursday.

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Meanwhile, Benitez – who left the club yesterday when his contract expired – today issued a statement explaining why he didn’t sign a new deal at the club.