Five Patrick Vieira teammates turned football managers

Matt Haynes | November 09, 2015

Following the news that Patrick Vieira has been announced as new New York City FC boss (start spreading the news, he wants to be a part of it), Coral take a look at five of his former France international teammates who have become football managers.

Didier Deschamps

The ex-Juventus, Chelsea and Marseille defensive midfielder won multiple honours throughout his career, including the World Cup and Euro Championship within the space of two years with France.

Soccer - International Friendly - Portugal v France - Estadio Jose Alvalade

After such a glittering career, a managerial position with Monaco naturally beckoned being named as boss in 2001, taking him just two years to win the Coupe de la Ligue (the French League Cup), while a year later he steered Monaco to within a breath of triumphing in the Champions League losing out to Jose Mourinho’s Porto.

After stints with Juve and Marseille, he has been the France boss since 2012 and will manage his country in the Euro 2016 finals, a tournament that Les Bleus are hosting.

Laurent Blanc

Playing for a total of nine clubs during his career, most notably Barcelona, Inter Milan and Manchester United, he is another who has an extensive honour roll. Retiring on a high with the Premier League title under Sir Alex Ferguson, he was also part of that great France team who dominated from 1998 to 2000.

Having started his managerial career at Bordeaux in 2007, he won the domestic treble a season later, which elevated his status considerably and earned him a role as national team boss in 2010 before moving to PSG three years later. Since, with wealthy backers, he has won the league twice the French Cup once and the League Cup twice.

Claude Makelele

One of the most underrated players of his generation, he won the French league with Nantes in the 1994/95 season, before collecting multiple trophies with Real Madrid.

Soccer - Real Madrid Training

However, it wasn’t until his move to Chelsea in 2003 when people really began to appreciate his value. Under Mourinho, a new position was created for him, known as “the Makelele role” with the lynchpin a huge component behind the Blues’ superb defensive record.

In 2011 he took up a post as the PSG assistant manager, before turning out on his own in 2014 to take charge of Bastia.

Remi Garde

While he played most of his football at Lyon, Garde went on to appear for Strasbourg before Arsene Wenger brought him to Arsenal in 1996 where he won the title during the 1997/98 season.

Soccer - Ligue 1 - Lyon v Nantes - Stade de Gerland

In 2011 he arrived back at Lyon, this time as manager, where he won the national cup that season and has steadily learned his trade. Having only recently taken over at Aston Villa, it remains to be seen whether he can stabilise the club who are 200/1 with Coral to secure a top 10 finish this term.

Willy Sagnol

Beginning at St Etienne in 1995, the right back cut his teeth there, before earning a move to Monaco two years later where he won the league in the 1999/2000 campaign.

It wasn’t until he joined Bayern Munich, however, when his reputation really started to rise, where he won five Bundesliga titles and the Champions League, as well as four DFB Pokals.

In 2013, he became the France Under-21 coach, before being appointed Bordeaux boss a year later, where he is getting to grips with club management.


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