OGC Nice have announced the sacking of head coach Patrick Vieira following a five-game losing streak.
After two and half years at the Ligue 1 side, Thursdays’ defeat in the Europa League against Bayer Leverkusen was the deciding factor in terminating Vieira’s contract, expected to end in 2021.
A club statement said: “Patrick Vieira, who joined the club in the summer of 2018, is no longer head coach of OGC Nice, effective immediately.
“In a meeting conducted after last night’s match, the Nice Board informed Patrick Vieira of their decision to end their collaboration. The Rouge et Noir club has decided to appoint Adrian Ursea as head coach of the club’s professional first team, as of today.”
The former New York City Manager led the French side to finishing fifth last season earning Europa League qualification. But, the club have struggled both domestically and in Europe, currently sitting 11th in the league and failing to reach the knockout stage of the European club competition, managing to win one out of five games.
“The Swiss-Romanian tactician, who was assistant coach to Patrick Vieira and, before that, Lucien Favre, will take charge of his first Nice match as head coach this Sunday with the trip to Reims.
“Patrick Vieira put all his heart and professionalism into his service for OGC Nice over the last two and a half years of their collaboration.” The club statement continued.
“The Nice board sincerely thanks the former France international for his commitment and dedication to the development of the club and wishes him every future success in his coaching career.”
The 44-year-old who played for Juventus, Manchester City and Arsenal was linked with the Arsenal role when Unai Emery was dismissed last year. Commenting with, “You know, a club that you spend nine years in, cannot leave you unmoved,”
“But sincerely and honestly, I am concentrated on and in this project with Nice. I have always said it and I repeat it again for you now, I feel very good here.”
Author: James Parker