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Former Crystal Palace boss linked with Ligue 1 job

Former Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira has been linked with taking charge at Nantes.

French daily L’Equipe is reporting that Nantes supremo Waldemar Kita wants to appoint the Arsenal legend if his side are successful in their fight to stay in the top flight.

Vieira was sacked in March after a 12-game winless run had threatened to suck the Eagles into the Premier League relegation quicksand.

They had not won a match in 2023 and the French World Cup winner was replaced by Roy Hodgson, who produced an instant upturn in results.

Vieira succeeded Hodgson before the start of the 2021-22 season and led them to a 12th-place finish.

But this time around they badly struggled for goals. At the time of his departure only Wolves, Everton and Southampton had scored fewer.

Nantes are 17th in Ligue 1 and occupy the final drop spot. They have three fixtures remaining and are a point behind Auxerre and possess a superior goal difference.

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