OGC Nice sacked Patrick Vieira on Friday morning, after another defeat and strong fan protests against the manager on Thursday night.
In the buildup to OGC Nice’s fixture against Bayer Leverkusen on Thursday, supporters turned up outside the training centre demanding former Gunner Patrick Vieira leave the club. They even blocked the team bus from heading to the game for a while.
OGC Nice ultras blocking the team bus from departing ahead of the game vs Bayer Leverkusen – they are unhappy with the team’s performances & Patrick Vieira. Bus eventually got to the stadium safely. pic.twitter.com/31fsbJJ3iX
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) December 3, 2020
Eventually, the Nice squad made it to their match, which they proceeded to lose 3-2. Despite showing some improvements and drawing level twice, it was their fifth consecutive defeat in all competitions and eliminated them from the Europa League.
This was clearly the final straw for the club, who promptly announced their decision to part ways with Vieira the following morning. For the time being, they’re promoting their former assistant and video analyst Adrien Ursea to head coach.
Vieira managed Nice for 89 games, winning 39% of them. He led the team to a seventh-place finish in 2018/19, before lifting them to fifth the next season, but they’re currently down in 11th.