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Patrick Vieira says he needs freedom and the ‘Tools’ to do the manager’s job

6 years ago

Patrick Vieira has stated that it’s essential he is given the right ‘tools’ before he takes any managerial job.

Currently at Manchester City and involved with youth development, there have been claims that Vieira will meet Newcastle United representatives this week, as NUFC are still without a manager 155 days after Alan Pardew walked out.

The Arsenal and France playing legend was finishing his coaching qualifications at a course in Wales last week and also said, that any prospective employer would need to give him the freedom to get on with the job in his own way, and not ‘try to put something in my head’.

It takes some leap of faith to  imagine the Newcastle United job specification including getting the right tools and the freedom to do the job as you see fit.

In fact, in January MD Lee Charnley repeated once again just how restrictive the job now entitled ‘Head Coach’ (rather than Manager) would be, with next to no say on choosing which players came in or left and the job simply being about coaching the players that are handed to them.

Quotes from Patrick Vieira via The Mirror:

“I am happy with the way I am developing as a manager and a young coach. It is about the vision and I have been here for three years from the B licence to the pro licence and I really know myself. I really know which kind of manager that I want to be.

“They (prospective new clubs such as Newcastle…) don’t try to put something in my head. It is about who I am as a person and how I see the game, how they can give me the tools to be a successful manager.”

Learning the Swansea way:

“Talking to (Swansea Manager Garry) Monk was really interesting because as an ex-player going into a managerial role, what is his first step? What was the message that he sent to the players? What was his first focus on?

“Those are the kind of details which are really important because one day we all want to go through that situation and if we can use other people’s experience to improve ourselves then, it is really good.”

(***Bit of an unfortunate use of the word ‘Tools’ when applied to what is at Newcastle United at the moment. As well as the more literal meaning, modern day slang also gives it this one…

One who lacks the mental capacity to know he is being used. A fool. A cretin. Characterized by low intelligence and/or self-esteem. IE ‘That tool doesn’t even know he’s being used’.)


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