Arsene Wenger believes Patrick Vieira has all the qualities to cope in “hell” alongside the rest of the world’s top managers.
The Arsenal legend is being heavily linked with the manager’s job at New York City with current head coach Jason Kreis facing mounting pressure after a difficult MLS season.
Vieira is currently in charge of Manchester City’s elite development squad and Sports Illustrated say he’s keen on stepping up into the professional game.
And that would be a move Wenger believes Vieira – who made 406 appearances as an Arsenal player – is capable of making.
But he has warned Vieira that management at the top level is hell.
Speaking at his press conference ahead of Arsenal’s English Premier League clash with Everton, Wenger said (via arsenal.com):
I spoke a few times with him, I think he has the qualities to be an outstanding manager and when I speak to him he looks like he enjoys it very much, so I wish him well.
Patrick is now 39 I think, that’s a good age. He is old enough to start.
It depends what he wants to do with his career as a manager. Does he want to work with the youth level, or does he want to come up to hell with us, he has to decide that.
Big decisions ahead for Vieira – is it the pleasant atmosphere of youth team football or the hell of first team football?
New York City have won just 10 of their 33 MLS games this season and really haven’t cashed in on the presence of David Villa, Andrea Pirlo or Frank Lampard in their squad.