Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Gunners Heroes Not out of United Frame; Wenger and Viera Are Not Ruling out a United Move

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Gunners Heroes Not out of United Frame; Wenger and Viera Are Not Ruling out a United Move

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Byline: LEE RYDER AND CIARAN KELLY Football writers jnl.sport@ncjmedia.co.uk

FORMER Arsenal heroes Patrick Vieira and Arsene Wenger have both insisted they are happy with their current situations - but have left the door open for an offer from Newcastle United.

Vieira, now manager of Nice, has said he is happy with the French side but it is believed he has an escape clause in the event of a takeover.

The Ligue 1 outfit are a potential target for Britain's richest man, Jim Ratcliffe, and were that to go ahead, the Magpies could have the opportunity to pounce for Vieira.

The former Gunners captain managed Manchester City's MLS partner club New York City FC before moving back to his homeland last summer.

He guided Nice to seventh in the table last season and said he wants to do better in the new campaign. Vieira has already started pre-season training with Les Aiglons.

When asked last month if he would be tempted to quit Nice, the former Arsenal man said: "There is no reason for me not to be here."

It could be argued that Vieira still has something of an unproven tag in the managerial world and while he has achieved steady start with Nice, it will still be deemed a gamble by some were he to get a chance at Newcastle.

But Vieira's glittering playing CV and experience of pressure situations during a career with Arsenal, Juventus, Inter Milan and Manchester City means he will be undaunted by the job.

Vieira is big on projects and will have an expectation of the Newcastle academy were he to take charge after working at Man City's plush youth Turn to Page 54 FROM BACK PAGE system before going into senior management.

Newcastle appear to be moving back towards the model which resulted in then-chief scout Graham Carr selecting signings and manager Alan Pardew attempting to integrate them into his team.

The new candidate would have to work with head of recruitment Steve Nickson. …

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