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Forget my on-field feats, says Nice's Vieira

 

By Mark Mann-Bryans

New Nice coach Patrick Vieira insists he does not want to be judged on his glittering playing career after taking over the hotseat at the Ligue 1 club.

The former Arsenal skipper left his post as head coach of Major League Soccer side New York City FC to replace Lucien Favre at the Allianz Riviera.

41-year-old Frenchman Vieira had been linked with replacing Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, but he now returns to his homeland to take charge of a Nice side that finished eighth last season.

After joining the Gunners in 1996, Vieira won three Premier League titles, including captaining them in their unbeaten 'Invincibles' campaign of 2003/04.

He also won four successive Serie A titles at Inter Milan before lifting a fourth FA Cup of his career having returned to England with Manchester City.

Add to that a 1998 World Cup winners' medal and success at Euro 2000 and Vieira's career is one that many will remember.

But he said: "My career as a player no longer counts, it's the past. The important thing is to have a clear idea of what I want from players, a game scheme for them to express themselves, because the talent is there."

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