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Giovanni van Bronckhorst to follow in Patrick Vieira’s footsteps by joining Manchester City

Giovanni van Bronckhorst will spend the next few months with Manchester City during a sabbatical from coaching.

The former Barcelona and Arsenal left back is set to visit a number of clubs within the City Football Group to gain an understanding of the organisation’s model.

Sportsmail understands Van Bronckhorst’s short-term role in all sides of the business is similar to the one undertaken by Patrick Vieira after his retirement in 2011.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst has taken a sabbatical from coaching after leaving Feyenoord in the summer and will now join up with Manchester City to further his knowledge of the game

Giovanni van Bronckhorst has taken a sabbatical from coaching after leaving Feyenoord in the summer and will now join up with Manchester City to further his knowledge of the game

Vieira then went on to coach City’s Elite Development Squad for three years before becoming manager of sister club New York City in 2016.

Van Bronckhorst, who left Feyenoord this summer after four years in charge, is believed to want a behind-the-scenes look at the football and business side of CFG ahead of his next career move.

City sources claimed the 44-year-old will not be formally coaching, although is to work at training grounds across the world.

Pep Guardiola is open to coaches looking at methods and Van Bronckhorst showed considerable promise during his first foray into management.

Meanwhile, City have no plans to replace head of academy coaching Simon Davies, who left to become Vincent Kompany’s assistant at Anderlecht.

Van Bronckhorst's deal is understood to be similar to the one that Patrick Vieira had at City where he went on to coach a development side before moving on to New York City

Van Bronckhorst’s deal is understood to be similar to the one that Patrick Vieira had at City where he went on to coach a development side before moving on to New York City

 

Original article: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-7443813/Giovanni-van-Bronckhorst-follow-Patrick-Vieiras-footsteps-joining-Manchester-City.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ito=1490&ns_campaign=1490

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