Crystal Palace Appoint Patrick Vieira As New Manager

Crystal Palace have announced the appointment of Patrick Vieira to succeed Roy Hodgson as the Premier League club’s manager.

The former Arsenal captain emerged as Palace’s preferred candidate after a lengthy process since Hodgson announced he was leaving the club on 18 May.

The 45-year-old Frenchman has signed a three-year contract with the Eagles, who finished 14th last season.

“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.”

Previously he had spent two and a half years in charge of Major League Soccer side New York City after beginning his coaching career in the academy at Manchester City, where he ended his stellar playing career in 2011.

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

The Frenchman claimed seven major honours in nine years as a player at Arsenal between 1996 and 2005. He won the World Cup and European Championship with France and also helped Inter Milan to three Serie A titles.

Vieira joined Manchester City in January 2010 and helped the club lift the FA Cup the following year before announcing his retirement from playing.

 

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