PEP HAS SET STANDARD FOR CITY’S GLOBAL PUSH

Steve Brenner in New York

Patrick Vieira is attempting to illustrate Manchester City’s global standing with a piece of paper and three pens. “Manchester United and Liverpool are here,” the manager of City’s American sister club, New York City FC, says pointing to the top of his notepad before sliding a finger down the page. “We are here,” he adds. “But we can reach the top.”

While the aforementioned Premier League rivals certainly possess significantly larger fanbases in key market areas such as the Far East and United States, City’s quest to gatecrash the party is relentless. The rich, trophy-laden histories emanating from Old Trafford and Anfield are impossible to recreate, no matter how much money is available from the club’s powerbrokers in Abu Dhabi. History cannot be brought.

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VIEIRA WANTS TO REPLACE WENGER

 

 

Exclusive by Steve Brenner in New York

Patrick Vieira is open to the opportunity of returning to Arsenal after the end of Arsène Wenger’s 22-year reign.

The Frenchman, who is managing New York City in MLS, admitted that it would be difficult to leave his role within the City Football Group, but he said he was ready to coach in Europe.

Vieira has worked for CFG since 2013, first as a reserve team and academy coach in Manchester before moving to the United States. He sees his immediate future in New York but, with a three-year deal signed in November 2015 set to expire before the end of this year, Vieira would not dismiss the chance of going back to Arsenal, where he became an international star under Wenger.

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DEGALE BATTERED, BRUISED BUT NOT BEATEN

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STEVE BRENNER, NEW YORK

James DeGale’s nose was broken, some of his teeth were missing and he was being treated for a perforated eardrum after 12 epic rounds. But as he recovered in hospital, the words of Floyd Mayweather would have increased the burning sensation in his ears.

While the Londoner was being patched up at the end of a brutal WBC-IBF super-middleweight unification bout against Badou Jack that ended in a rare majority draw, Mayweather was holding court deep into yesterday morning.

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