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Patrick Vieira ‘sacked by Nice’ after overseeing run of five successive defeats

Former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira ‘sacked by Nice’ after overseeing five successive defeats ending in French side’s early Europa League exit

  • OGC Nice have sacked manager Patrick Vieira, according to France’s L’Equipe 
  • The Arsenal legend had overseen a poor start to the season for the outfit 
  • Thursday’s defeat to Bayer Leverkusen was the club’s fifth in succession
  • The team bus was attacked by ultras before the 3-2 defeat to the Germans 

Nice have sacked manager Patrick Vieira after overseeing a run of five consecutive defeats, culminating in the French club’s disappointing exit from the Europa League on Thursday night, according to L’Equipe.

The Ligue 1 side are languishing in 11th place in the French top flight after 11 games this season, an underwhelming start for Vieira after guiding them to a 5th place finish last campaign. 

Nice went into Thursday’s visit of Bayer Leverkusen with slim hopes of progressing to the Europa League round of 32, and their 3-2 defeat to the Germans confirmed their exit from the competition. 

Nice have sacked manager Patrick Vieira after a poor run of results, according to L'Equipe

Nice have sacked manager Patrick Vieira after a poor run of results, according to L’Equipe

The Arsenal legend has overseen a run of five successive defeats for the French outfit

The Arsenal legend has overseen a run of five successive defeats for the French outfit

The defeat makes it five losses in succession for the French side, which is their third worst run of results in the 21st century.  

And according to French outlet L’Equipe, Nice’s billionaire owner Jim Ratcliffe has decided to sack the Arsenal legend following their disappointing start to the campaign. 

Pressure had mounted on the 44-year-old leading up to this evening’s contest, with Get Football News France reporting that the Nice team bus was attacked by ultras as it made its way to the ground tonight. 

The small handful of ultras momentarily blocked the exit of the bus, that was travelling to the Allianz Riviera stadium for the European tie. The delay was short and the bus was able to move on.

Nice are owned by British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe, the chairman and chief executive of the Ineos chemicals group. Vieira’s contract with the club was set to expire in June 2021, but he has been relieved of his duties early.

More to follow.  



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