OGC Nice would not welcome any approach for Patrick Vieira as Newcastle United start their search for a new manager, according to Sky Sports.
The broadcaster claim on their website that the French club have revealed that they are still to receive any contact from Newcastle after the former Arsenal man reportedly appeared on their shortlist.
Sky Sports News report that Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley are still in charge of the process despite ongoing takeover talks continuing at St James’ Park.
Vieira enjoyed success during his first year in Ligue 1, guiding his Nice side to seventh in the league after spending three years at New York City.
The Nice manager was reported by the Telegraph to be high on the Magpies’ shortlist this year after he impressed in talks with the club in 2015 before Rafael Benitez was appointed.
It comes as no surprise that Nice would be keen to keep a hold of Vieira. The former midfield enforcer has enjoyed a great start to his managerial career, and impressed in his first season in France. Spending three years in the MLS helped the 43-year-old gather knowledge and implement his style so early in his career which highlights why it is no surprise to see him succeed. The Telegraph reported that Newcastle are on the hunt for a younger manager to take charge after Benitez’ reign and a move for Vieira would make sense. The Nice boss impressed during talks in 2015, and now with four years of experience behind him, he could be even better than what he first was in those meetings. Nice will want to keep a hold of their man and see if he can build on last seasons results by pushing for European football once again after a year in the Europa League. The draw of the Premier League could prove to be a big factor, with Vieira surely wanting the chance to go back to the league where he became a superstar in his playing career. Now is the opportunity for Vieira and Nice may not have a say in what happens in the coming weeks, should Newcastle come ringing.