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Patrick Vieira Reveals "Words of Comfort" Shared by Arsene Wenger Following Nice Sacking

Patrick Vieira was dismissed last December by Nice after five consecutive defeats
Patrick Vieira was dismissed last December by Nice after five consecutive defeats / John Berry/Getty Images

Patrick Vieira has revealed that he has been seeking advice from former Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger as he considers a return to management following his sacking from Nice.

The Frenchman who was appointed manager of Nice in 2018, but following a successful first season in Ligue 1, he was sacked last December, after a run of five consecutive defeats and a shock Europa League exit.

L'Equipe have reported that Vieria is in contention for a job at two English clubs, and the legendary Arsenal midfielder has admitted that he has received "words of comfort" from Wenger. "I had Arsene on the phone," Vieira revealed to the French publication.

"One of the first sentences he said to me was: "You're never a real coach until you get fired." It was a very constructive discussion with Arsene - as it always is. When you get into this profession, you have to accept the idea that you will get fired at one point or another.

"I would have preferred it to have been a little later, but it happened, and what is important for me is that this experience has made me and will make me better as a coach. I am convinced this is what I was made for."

As he continues to look for a new club, Vieira admitted that he does not want to rush into anything. “When you look closely at my career, the choices I have always made are ones that I intend to last," he added.

"I have a certainty about what I want to do and how good a coach I can be. Yes, there have been opportunities but I know now is not the time. Leaving immediately for a new side wouldn't have made sense. Seeking a feeling of revenge was not the right thing to do."