Patrick Vieira has been sacked by Nice after his side were knocked out of the Europa League with his No2 Adrien Ursea taking charge.
Late on Thursday night – following the Leverkusen loss – rumours quickly circulated that the Arsenal legend Vieira, 44, was set to be axed.
And now it has been confirmed by Nice – who are owned by British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe – that Vieira has been given the boot.
A statement read: “Patrick Vieira, who joined the club in the summer of 2018, is no longer head coach of OGC Nice, effective immediately.
“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. “
Nice have lost their last FIVE matches in all competitions, including big losses against Slavia Prague (twice), Monaco and even Ligue 1 basement boys Dijon.
The former France midfielder took over the reins at Nice in 2018 and was under contract at until the end of the season.