Patrick Vieira appointed new manager of Crystal Palace
The South London Club has confirmed Patrick Vieira as the club’s new manager on
a three-year deal that will take the Frenchman through to 2024 at Selhurst Park.
The Arsenal legend, who was previously coach of Nice until his dismissal in
December last year, will succeed Roy Hodgson in the hot seat in south London.
The 45-year-old, who began his coaching career with New York City FC in Major
League Soccer, takes charge for the first time in the Premier League, having made his
name as one of the game’s greatest midfielders during a decade-long spell with the
Vieira told the club’s official website: “I am really excited to have this opportunity
to return to the Premier League and manage this great football club, as we begin a
new chapter together.
“It is a project that is really appealing to me, having spoken a lot with the chairman
and sporting director about their ambition and plans for the whole club, including
the academy. “The club has fantastic foundations in place after many years in the
Premier League and I hope we can make further improvements and continue to drive
the club forward. “I am also very excited to experience the atmosphere the club’s
supporters make at Selhurst Park and away from home too, and I know just how
important that can be for the team.” Sporting director Dougie Freedman will work
closely with Vieira on all football matters, primarily transfers.
Most recently the 45-year-old was in charge of Nice but was sacked by the Ligue 1
side in December following a poor run of form.
During two-and-a-half seasons with the club, Vieira led them to seventh and fifth-
place finishes but the latter occurred after the 2019-20 campaign was curtailed early
due to the coronavirus pandemic.