Club legends are all the rage now, with Frank Lampard doing well at Chelsea — notwithstanding Saturday’s 1-0 home defeat by Bournemouth — and Freddie Ljungberg and Duncan Ferguson being asked to mind the fort at struggling Arsenal and Everton.
Football can be cyclical with its trends so I wouldn’t be surprised if Patrick Vieira was an attractive option at Arsenal now. It would be a good move, particularly if he can get another former Gooner, Mikel Arteta, to move from Manchester City to assist him.
It looks inevitable Steven Gerrard will return to Liverpool one day as manager, even if it’s not in the foreseeable future, with Jurgen Klopp at the helm and his own new contract at Rangers.
Each club have their own circumstances but you can see why owners like to bring back a famous face — to get the fans on board.
United were in a bad spell when they sacked Jose Mourinho and so were Arsenal and Everton earlier this season. Chelsea’s situation was slightly different — their problems were a transfer ban — and Frank and Jody Morris knew the young kids coming through.