Former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira has emerged as the leading candidate to become the next manager of Leeds United. The Frenchman, who was recently linked with the vacant United States Men’s National Team job, is reportedly in pole position to take over at Elland Road following Marcelo Bielsa’s departure.

Vieira’s managerial career began in 2018 when he was appointed as head coach of New York City FC in the MLS. He led the team to a third-place finish in his first season in charge and followed that up with a fourth-place finish in 2019. Vieira left New York City FC in 2018 to take over at OGC Nice in Ligue 1, where he spent two seasons before being sacked in December 2020.

Despite his recent dismissal, Vieira’s impressive track record in the MLS has not gone unnoticed. Leeds United are said to be impressed with his work in the United States and believe that he has the experience and tactical know-how to succeed in the Premier League.

Leeds United have been without a manager since the departure of Marcelo Bielsa, who led the team to a ninth-place finish in the Premier League last season. Bielsa, who is widely regarded as one of the best managers in the world, left the club at the end of his contract in May, and Leeds United have been searching for a replacement ever since.

Vieira’s possible appointment at Leeds United would mark a return to English football for the Frenchman. He spent nine seasons at Arsenal, where he won three Premier League titles and three FA Cups. Vieira is widely regarded as one of the best midfielders in Premier League history and is a legend at Arsenal.

Leeds United fans will be hoping that Vieira can replicate his success as a player and a manager in his new role. The team has shown great promise under Bielsa, and there is a sense that they could be on the verge of something special. With Vieira at the helm, Leeds United fans will be hoping that the team can take the next step and establish themselves as a force to be reckoned with in the Premier League.

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