The 38-year-old former Arsenal and France midfielder is the club’s current Under-21 manager and, despite having no first-team managerial experience, is seen as a better candidate than departing Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp.
Vieira may well be the last man standing in a list of potential new managers as their long-term target Pep Guardiola is unavailable in the short term, while ‘some members of the City hierarchy are thought to harbour reservations’ about Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti’s style of play.
Brendan Rodgers apparently ‘has his admirers’, while Ajax’s Frank de Boer and Southampton’s Ronald Koeman have been mentioned. The Guardian also claim that Rafael Benitez is ‘not of interest to City’.
But The Times obviously have information that the club are considering the gamble of appointing Vieira if – as expected – Pellegrini loses his job after a terrible defence of the Premier League title.