Former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira has been confirmed by Crystal Palace to succeed Roy Hodgson who left the club on 18 May 2021. The 45-year-old Frenchman has signed a three-year contract with the Eagles, who finished 14th last season.
According to a statement issued by the club, “Crystal Palace Football Club are delighted to confirm the appointment of Patrick Vieira as its new manager for the next three seasons.”
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.”
The 45 years old upon his appointment stated his delight at the opportunity to coach Palace and in the EPL. “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,” said Vieira.
“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.”
The World Cup and European Championship winner began his coaching career at Manchester City academy, where he ended his stellar playing career in 2011 before going on to spend two and a half years in charge of Major League Soccer side New York City. He was sacked by French club Nice in December.