OGC Nice coach Patrick Vieira admits that managing Mario Balotelli requires a lot of constraint on his part
The Italian striker has a reputation for being difficult to deal with for coaches after falling out with Roberto Mancini and Jose Mourinho in the past.
In fact, Mourinho even went as far as claiming that Balotelli is “unmanageable” during his time in charge of Inter Milan.
Now Vieira, who arrived at Nice in the summer, admits dealing with Balotelli as a manager is a frustrating experience for him as he can’t do the things he would have done as a player.
“When it comes to Mario, I want to answer back, or just slam him up against the wall or leave him hanging by his collar on the coat rack, but I can’t, as I’m no longer a player,” Vieira told L’Equipe.
“I have to think twice before I say anything, because it can have an impact and I risk losing a great player. I don’t want to say something I’ll regret.
“I am trying to be constructive in my comments to him.”
The Arsenal legend labelled Balotelli as less than average last month with the 28-year-old yet to score a single Ligue 1 goal this season.