Patrick Vieira admits he feels disappointed that Arsenal and his former manager Arsene Wenger failed to offer him a staff role at the Emirates Stadium after he retired from football in 2011.
The former France international, who spent nine successful years with the Gunners and left to club as an Arsenal legend, hinted he expected a phone call to arrive from Wenger after he hung up his boots - but it never came.
“Had he wanted me to work alongside him,” Vieira told The Sun, “he would have asked me.”
“Both the club and Arsene have behaved disappointingly towards me,” the World Cup winner added. “Everywhere I go people ask me why Arsene didn’t give me the chance to work with him.
“It was out of the question to offer my services. Why would I have done it?
“When I stopped playing I had an offer from City, and I did not get any phone calls from Arsene.
“I gave Arsenal a great deal, just as the club and Arsene gave me a lot.”
Vieira tipped to become a great coach
Vieira, who has been in charge of Manchester City’s reserve side since 2013, is now widely considered one of the most promising young coaches in European football.
Speculation is rife that Vieira could take his first proper coaching job this summer, with the 38-year-old linked recently linked with both the Manchester City and Marseille jobs.
On the Man City rumours, Vieira commented: “We have a manager, so I don’t think about succeeding him.
“My contract will be up in June and I will soon talk with my bosses.
“I feel good here, so I don’t see why I shouldn’t continue developing.
“I have set out with the aim of becoming a great manager. It’s a job I really want to do.
“If an interesting job comes up tomorrow I will take a careful look at it.”
Wenger should have called Vieira
Wenger found a role in his coaching setup for Vieira’s former Arsenal teammate Thierry Henry - focused on youth development - but the veteran French coach may have felt disappointed with the midfielder’s decision to return to England with Manchester City after leaving Inter Milan in 2010.
His decision to spend the final year of his career at the Etihad Stadium, though, did not tarnish his legacy as an Arsenal hero in the eyes of the Gunners’ faithful.
Vieira played a pivotal role in the club’s success during the late 1990s and early 2000s, while his head-to-head battles with Roy Keane, captain of Arsenal’s fierce rivals at the time Manchester United, remains the stuff of legend.
Arsenal have lacked a Vieira-type figure ever since he departed the club 10 years ago, and this is perhaps one of the reasons behind the club’s distinct lack of success over the past decade.
With a vast amount of experience and knowhow to call upon, surely it would have benefited Arsenal had Wenger added Vieira - whose great affection for the Gunners is no secret - to his coaching setup,
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