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Report: Bayern Munich targeting Patrick Vieira for U23 coaching position

Bild is reporting that Bayern Munich are targeting Patrick Vieira as a potential replacement for Erik ten Hag.

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Bayern Munich are targeting Patrick Vieira as the next head coach of Bayern Munich II, according to a report from Bild. Vieira would replace current coach Erik ten Hag whose contract expires at the end of this season.

Vieira was one of a few members of Roberto Mancini's backroom staff that survived at the club when the Italian was fired in 2013. The former France international has been coaching Manchester City's "Elite Development Squad" (U23) since that time. He also coaches their team in the UEFA Youth Champions League and has taken them to the quarterfinals the last two seasons, while FC Bayern have crashed out in the group stage.

Ten Hag has been coaching FCB II since that same time. He joined Bayern after one season in the second division of the Netherlands with Go Ahead Eagles where he coached the club to a promotion to the Eredivisie. Bayern, targeting FCB II promotion to the 3.Liga, thought Ten Hag was the man to get them there. You'll remember that they were correct for all but the final minute of last year's Regionalliga. Bild speculate that Ten Hag likely wouldn't want to stay with FCB II for too long, and there is some interest from the Dutch Football Association (KNVB).

Vieira did visit Säbener Straße back in February where he spoke with Pep Guardiola and David Alaba. Perhaps Vieira made an impact on the club in his short visit?

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