Chelsea Owners Appoint Patrick Vieira as Head Coach of Newly Acquired Ligue 1 Club Strasbourg
French football legend Patrick Vieira has been appointed as the new coach of Ligue 1 club Strasbourg.
BlueCo, a consortium headed by Chelsea’s American owner Todd Boehly, recently completed a takeover of the French outfit. Vieira was unveiled this Sunday, July 2, as the new manager of Racing Club de Strasbourg Alsace.
He was unveiled in a tweet from the club this evening:
Fabrizio Romano, the respected football transfer guru was among the first to report the news. He tweeted: ‘Signed, completed. Patrick Vieira has been appointed as new Strasbourg head coach. #Ligue1 Deal completed today following Chelsea owners’ takeover of Ligue1 side’.
Boehly and his associates clearly have faith in the former Arsenal, Juventus, Inter Milan and Manchester City star’s experience to push their new acquisition to achieve great things in Ligue 1 this coming season.
Vieira was fired as Crystal Palace manager in March
After the Premier League side endured an awful string of matches without a win, Vieira was fired as manager of Crystal Palace back in March.
The Eagles were heading for the relegation zone until the former England boss Roy Hodgson took the reins and guided them to safety in the top flight.
Prior to landing the job at Selhurst Park, the French midfield legend had spells in charge of New York City and Nice. ‘I am particularly happy to join Racing. I know the history and the identity of this club, the fervour it arouses, the importance it has for its territory, the land of football and passion’, said Vieira.
Strasbourg have not won Ligue 1 since 1979
Strasbourg last won a Ligue 1 title back in 1979. Thanks to the Chelsea connection, the French club could now see an injection of talent from Stamford Bridge.
Mauricio Pochettino has been busy in the transfer market and will have the option of allowing some of his younger players to cut their teeth in France. David Datro Fofana is likely to be one such player making the trip across the Channel according to Turo247news.