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Viera was a legend in his own time. The Premiership has seen few players as good as he was for us. He was a leader on the field and off it. Without him we would never have been able to compete against United. And guess what? Since he left we haven't been able to! A fantastic, typical holding midfielder who knew how to tackle, and how to do it well. He made everyone scared of playing Arsenal.
Patrick thanks for many, many wonderful memories. What a fantastic sportsman, gentleman, and footballer you were and still are. My best memory was when you had Gary Neville almost crying and crapping his kecks and Keane trying to look big enough to do something about it. I do think that if Keane had got him really angry and insulted him, then Viera would've knocked him out.
Thanks again Pat; wish you a long life and health in retirement.
Full story below:
French World Cup winner Patrick Vieira has retired from professional football to take up a backroom role at Manchester City.
The playing contract of Vieira, 35, had expired.
A statement on the club's website read:
"Manchester City is delighted to announce that Patrick Vieira has accepted the newly created position of football development executive with the club.
"The World Cup winner will have a wide ranging role, helping to deliver the club's social responsibility programme, both in the UK and abroad, as well as working closely with City's commercial partners.
"He will also take an active role in the development of youngsters at the Platt Lane complex, providing mentoring support as part of the academy's Multiskills Programme, which seeks to provide a well-rounded lifestyle education for the club's junior players."
Vieira joins former Arsenal team-mate David Platt, Attilio Lombardo and Brian Kidd in working under Mancini. He will report to the club's chief football operations officer Brian Marwood.
Marwood said: "Patrick is the ultimate professional and it is our very great privilege to introduce him as our new football development executive. His experience in the world of football is virtually unparalleled and he will be a huge asset to our club as old and young alike benefit from his knowledge.
Good luck to him in his new role.
Maybe someday he will return to the fold. Whilst he has no use other than as an abassador, I am happy for him to do whatever makes him happy.
If he gets his coaching badges, I would welcome him back.
a true stalwart..... they don't make players like that anymore... blood, sweat, and tears everytime they played... mancs had keano.... roma had totti...... these days we get ugly tevez, prancer ronaldo, and captains like fabgas... god i hate football.....