Vieira takes charge of Man City U21s

Patrick Vieira is set to move into a coaching role at Manchester City.

Patrick Vieira is set to move into a coaching role at Manchester City.

The former City, Arsenal and France midfielder has been working as football development executive at the Etihad Stadium since retiring as a player two years ago.

The move to take charge of what is effectively the City reserve team follows the departures of manager Roberto Mancini and a number of his backroom staff this week.

Attilio Lombardo, the former Italy, Sampdoria and Crystal Palace player, had been the coach primarily responsible for the EDS.

Vieira's move from an administrative position underlines his desire to move into coaching after completing his UEFA B licence last year.

City chief executive Ferran Soriano said: "Patrick is a world champion and it is a great honour that he has chosen Manchester City to begin his football management career.

"I have seen him carefully considering options and choosing to coach for the best reasons; he has a love of the game and a willingness to continue to learn and transmit his knowledge and experience to young footballers.

"Patrick's role is of the highest long term importance for the Club.

"The ability of the Academy, the elite development squad and the first team to work together using the same football concepts is key to our success and sustainability."

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