Patrick Vieira to Crystal Palace: Ex-NYCFC boss, Arsenal legend replaces Roy Hodgson

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Crystal Palace have appointed former New York City FC boss Patrick Vieira as manager, it was announced on Sunday.

Palace had been looking for a new manager following the departure of Roy Hodgson at the end of last season and looked set to appoint ex-Borussia Dortmundboss Lucien Favre until talks broke down. They eventually settled on another ex-Nice boss in Vieira, who has signed for the next three seasons.

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"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,"Vieira, 45, told the club's official website.

"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."

Former France midfielder Vieira started his senior managerial career in 2016 when he took over at NYCFC and led them to their first playoff appearance.

He left in 2018 to take over at Nice as replacement for Favre, but was out in December 2020 following a run of five defeats in all competitions.

As a player, Vieira spent 10 seasons in thePremier League-- nine with Arsenal, where he won the title on three occasions and theFA Cupfour times -- and 18 months atManchester City, where he retired from football.

In between, he moved toSerie Ain 2005 to join Juventus and won the Scudetto before the club was relegated for its involvement in theCalciopoli scandal and their title was taken away.

Vieira then joined Inter Milanand won four consecutive Serie A titles before returning to England midway through the 2009-10 campaign to sign for City.

He also made 107 appearances for France, winning theWorld Cupin 1998 andEuropean Championshipin 2000.

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