Ex-France and Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira has been fired as coach of French Ligue 1 side Nice following a run of five consecutive defeats.
Viera was in charge at Nice for two and a half years. Adrian Ursea, who was assistant to Vieira, has taken over as head coach, the club announced on Friday.
The French club lost 3-2 defeat against Bayer Leverkusen, a defeat that confirmed their exit from the Europa League. They currently occupy 11th spot in Ligue 1.
“In a meeting after last night’s match, the Nice board informed Patrick Vieira of its decision to put an end to their collaboration,” the club said in a statement.
“Patrick Vieira put all his heart and professionalism into his service for OGC Nice over the last two and a half years.”
The France 1998 World Cup winner had been under growing pressure after last week’s shock home defeat by struggling Dijon.
Now 44, Vieira had not worked in France since leaving Cannes for AC Milan in 1995 but joined Nice in June 2018 after two and a half years in charge of MLS side New York City FC.
Before that he had been coaching the development squad at Manchester City, where he ended his playing career in 2011.
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By FARPost Reporter