Nice sack Patrick Vieira after five-match losing streak

December 4, 2020
By: Daniel Orme

Patrick Vieira has lost his job at Ligue 1 side OGC Nice after the club elected to sack the Frenchman on Thursday.

The former New York City FC Head Coach had been in charge at the Allianz Riviera since July 2018 after replacing current Borussia Dortmund boss Lucien Favre. He managed to lead the club to 7th and 5th in the league standings in his two seasons at the club and of course a place in this season’s UEFA Europa League.

However, they have endured a poor start to the 2020/21 campaign, losing eight out of their opening 14 matches in all competitions, including each of their last five following Thursday evening’s 3-2 defeat to Bayer Leverkusen. That has led to them being eliminated from Europe, as well as falling to 11th in the Ligue 1 table.

Vieira leaves the club having overseen 89 matches in all, winning 35.

A club statement on Friday confirmed his departure. It read: “Patrick Vieira, who joined the club in the summer of 2018, is no longer head coach of OGC Nice, effective immediately.”

It also confirmed that assistant boss Adrian Ursea has been appointed as Vieira’s successor for the time being. He sits at a price of 6/4 with Betfair to win his first game in charge against Reims on Sunday.

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