Former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira could be in line to replace Manuel Pellegrini as manager of Manchester City on an interim basis before the end of the season.
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The ex-French international, currently working with City’s Under-21 side, has been mentioned as a short-term option for the club as they consider Pellegrini’s position at the Etihad Stadium.
The Chilean tactician has come under growing pressure after an awful run of results in recent times, with this Sunday’s 4-2 derby defeat to Manchester United the fourth in six games for the reigning champions, who have slipped to fourth place.
According to the Daily Mail, Pellegrini’s job may be safe for this season even if he is unlikely to last in the summer, though there is still speculation that Vieira could be handed his first senior management job.
The 38-year-old is highly regarded at the club, and has been tipped to make it as a top coach in the past.