POLL: Were City Right to Release Vieira?

16 Jun

The official list of players released by Premier League clubs was revealed today and the name of Patrick Vieira stood out. A five time FA Cup winner over the course of his career and a fatherly influence in the City dressing room, many felt that the Frenchman was worth another year, possibly as a player/coach.

This is still an option, as we may sign him up for next season despite letting him go, as happened with Stuart Taylor a couple of seasons ago, but the likelihood is that Vieira has played his final match for the Blues. A respected figure around the club, he is no longer a force on the pitch, often bypassed by pacy, direct sides, but his experience is invaluable and I would have offered him one more year.

But what do you think?

5 Responses to “POLL: Were City Right to Release Vieira?”

  1. Rob 16/06/2011 at 8:35 pm #

    I agree. Clearly has the respect of everyone in the camp and a player coach role would have been worth a punt for a year. Started off badly but showed his value when he came on against Spurs in particular. Thanks for your contribution Mr Vieira.


  2. CiTyBlUe 16/06/2011 at 10:10 pm #

    Definitely right to release him because hes too slow and we need his place free for more young talent, veterans are not the way to go for Champions League clubs.

    United have just rid themselves of Van Der Sar, Scholes, Arsenal rid themselves of Veterans, Chelsea will rid themselves eventually and Liverpool have done also.

    Without a shadow of doubt Vieira needed to go but i’d do everything to keep him on as a coach, total respect for Mancini but if he lets Vieira go without trying to get him onboard then he has missed a gem.

  3. Nick 16/06/2011 at 10:30 pm #

    No way. He’s good for one more season in my view. He was one of our most important players last year because he sits on the bench, exudes positive vibes and then comes on and steadies the ship when required. Hey, he even comes on and scores goals. I would go so far as to say he was my favourite player last year.

    Keep him. Keep him

  4. Siamack 17/06/2011 at 1:51 am #

    City should definately offer him a coaching position due to his influence and the fact that he commands respect but not as a player. We do not want to suffer the same fate that Spurs suffered. We need Yound and fresh blood thorugh out the season. It was not long ago that we were too close to miss our targets due to injury and fatigue. In those moments, even one fast, young, hungry player would make a big difference.

  5. mark ctid 17/06/2011 at 7:04 am #

    class act….coaching role now though!!!!!

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