Patrick Vieira has been sacked as manager of Nice, 17 months after being linked with the Newcastle United job.

The former Arsenal, France, Juventus, Inter Milan and Manchester City midfielder was on the Magpies' radar last summer when Rafa Benitez opted against signing a new deal at St James' Park.

However, the 44-year-old World Cup winner quickly ruled himself out of the running and, with Steve Bruce eventually taking the reins on Tyneside.

“I am at OGC Nice long-term. I have no intention of going elsewhere," Vieira replied when asked about the Newcastle job in July 2019.

"I’ve always felt good here and with the people around me. I can’t see myself anywhere other than OGC Nice.”

However, his two-and-a-half year reign as manager of Les Aiglons was ended this morning after Thursday evening's 3-2 defeat at home to Bayer Leverkusen saw them knocked out of the Europa League at the group stage.

"Patrick Vieira, who joined the club in the summer of 2018, is no longer head coach of OGC Nice, effective immediately," a Nice club statement read.

"In a meeting conducted after last night’s match, the Nice Board informed Patrick Vieira of their decision to end their collaboration.

"The Rouge et Noir club has decided to appoint Adrien Ursea as head coach of the club’s professional first team, as of today.

"The Swiss-Romanian tactician, who was assistant coach to Patrick Vieira and, before that, Lucien Favre, will take charge of his first Nice match as head coach this Sunday with the trip to Reims.

"Patrick Vieira put all his heart and professionalism into his service for OGC Nice over the last two and a half years of their collaboration.

"The Nice board sincerely thanks the former France international for his commitment and dedication to the development of the club and wishes him every future success in his coaching career."

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After an illustrious playing career, Vieira made the step into management in 2016 when he took over at New York City. Vieira transformed New York City from also-rans to play-off contenders during his two seasons in charge at the Yankee Stadium and that led to a return to his native France.

Nice made the bold move of appointing Vieira and a seventh placed finish in Ligue 1 was backed up by a fifth placed finish last season and a return to European competition.

However, a disappointing start to this season saw Nice fall to 11th in the league table and after Thursday's Europa League exit, and a fifth defeat in a row, the Nice board decided it was time to act amid fan protests over the team's performances.