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Patrick Viera touted as frontrunner to be next NYCFC manager

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Arsenal legend turned Manchester City's elite development squad manager, Patrick Viera, has been linked today to his first senior management position.

The role, however, wouldn't be on this side of the Atlantic.

Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl, writing in his Insider Notes column, has revealed that the Frenchman is the frontrunner to become the next New York City FC boss should the MLS franchise follow through with plans to fire Jason Kreis.

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Per Wahl's report:

"It's not a done deal yet, but all signs are pointing to his replacement being Patrick Viera, the 1998 World Cup winner and former Arsenal star who has been serving as Man City's elite development squad manager."

The owners of the English Premier League club, City Football Group, are, of course, part owners of NYCFC and Jason Kreis actually spent time observing coaching sessions in the UK before taking over in New York.

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Considering, then, Viera's role in the Man City youth set-up, it is no surprise that he is amongst he candidates for the role should Kreis be fired at the end of the current MLS season.

Growing reputation

Viera, who saw his Man City development squad draw 1-1 with Sevilla tonight in the UEFA Youth League, has gained a reputation as an exciting coaching prospect during his time working with Man City so his arrival at NYCFC would still be something of a coup.

Indeed, the 39-year-old was interviewed for the manager's job at Newcastle this summer before the Tyneside club appointed Steve McClaren.

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