Senegal-Born Vieira Becomes EPL’s Crystal Palace Manager

Patrick Vieira

English Premier League club Crystal Palace has appointed Senegal-born manager, Patrick Vieira as their head coach on a three-year deal.

Vieira, a former Arsenal captain replaces Roy Hodgson who resigned from his position at the end of last season after four years of managing the club.

Vieira, who had been out of work since he was let go by French club Nice in December, now owns the challenge to keep the Eagles in the EPL.

“It’s 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,” Vieira said.

“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’m 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.”

After ending an impressive footballing career that featured the Invincibles season with Arsenal, Vieira, 45, retired in 2011 and started his coaching career with Manchester City. He managed the team’s development for four years before taking up a senior team management role in New York City in 2016.

Vieira (left) when he played for Arsenal’s 2003-04 team and they were known as The Invincibles

He then joined Nice in June 2018 before losing his job in December 2020. He has coached a total of 179 official matches winning 75, drawing 44 and losing 60.

Speaking on the appointment of Vieira, the Palace Co-Chairman, Steve Parish said, “I’m delighted and excited that Patrick has agreed to join Crystal Palace as our manager following successfully learning his trade at the City Group, and experiencing positive managerial spells at New York City and then Nice, who he led to the Europa League.”

“We have a lot to do to prepare in the coming weeks and I look forward to working closely with Patrick and Dougie in bringing in some new faces to help us all to a successful season.”

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