Patrick Vieira is being lined up to take over at New York City FC, according to reports in America.
The former Arsenal star, currently coach of Manchester City’s Elite Development Squad, is said to be set to replace sister club’s head coach Jason Kreis after an underwhelming debut season in MLS.
Despite substantial investment and the high profile arrivals of the likes of Frank Lampard, David Villa and Andrea Pirlo, New York City have struggled.
They have lost 16 of 33 matches and lie eighth out of 10 teams in the Eastern Conference, 10 points from a play-off spot with just one game to play.
According to Sports Illustrated, officials at the club have indicated the Kreis’s position is in danger and that Vieira, who is keen on making the step up to senior management, is a frontrunner to replace him.
Kreis was made the club’s first head coach after six successful years at Real Salt Lake.
He spent a number of months in Manchester after taking the job, familiarising himself with the City set-up.
Highly-regarded Vieira, 39, joined City as a player in 2010 and moved into coaching role in 2011.

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