Vieira appointed Crystal Palace manager


Crystal Palace have appointed Patrick Vieira to succeed Roy Hodgson as the club’s manager.

Vieira emerged as Palace’s preferred candidate after a lengthy process since Hodgson announced he was leaving on the 18th of May. The 45-year-old has signed a three-year contract with the Eagles, who finished 14th in the league last season.

“I am really excited to have this opportunity to return to the Premier League,” said Vieira, who coached French Ligue 1 outfit, OGC Nice, between 2018 and 2020.

“It is a project that is really appealing to me, having spoken a lot with the chairman Steve Parish and sporting director Dougie Freedman 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.”

The former Arsenal captain was sacked by French Ligue 1 side OGC Nice in December last year.

Previously, he had spent two and a half years in charge of Major League Soccer side New York City after beginning his coaching career at the Manchester City academy.

He secured two play-off appearances at New York City and achieved seventh and fifth-placed finishes during his two full seasons at Nice.

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By FARPost reporter