Sunderland consider replacing Dick Advocaat with Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira
Beleaguered Sunderland are considering ditching manager Dick Advocaat and replacing him with former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira, according to the Mirror.
The Dutchman has already offered to step aside if the Black Cats find the right man to replace him. Vieira, who coaches Manchester City’s under-21 side at present, was reportedly on a shortlist of targets in the summer, when it was unclear whether Advocaat would stay on after guiding Sunderland to Premier League safety.
With the Wearsiders now bottom of the table, with just two points from their seven games to date, they are reportedly again considering an approach to Vieira.
The 39-year-old World Cup winner and three-time Premier League champion has been a youth coach at City since 2011 and in his current post since May 2013.
He has developed an excellent reputation through his work with City’s youngsters and his bosses at the club would reportedly be reluctant to part company with him, while recognising he may not be able to refuse a first-team managerial role if it is offered to him.