Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira sacked ahead of Arsenal clash

Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira sacked ahead of Arsenal clash 1

Crystal Palace have fired manager Patrick Vieira following a poor run of form.

The Eagles have now gone 11 Premier League games without a win, with Vieira paying the price as the club continues to wait for their first League victory of 2023. Vieira’s final match as manager was a midweek derby loss to Brighton.

While Palace is currently 12th in the table, they are only three points above the relegation zone, and goals have been a major issue. In the 13 League matches since the World Cup, the Eagles have only scored six goals.

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The decision to remove Vieira comes just two days before Palace’s final match before the international break when they travel to north London to face Arsenal.

“This difficult decision has been made with great regret,” Palace chairman Steve Parish said.

“Ultimately, results in recent months have placed us in a precarious league position and we felt a change is necessary to give us the best chance of retaining Premier League status.

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“That said, Patrick’s impact since joining us in the summer of 2021 has been significant, and he is held in the highest regard by myself and all of his colleagues. He led the team to a Wembley FA Cup semi-final and a respectable 12th-place finish last season, during a challenging and crucial campaign for the club given the changes we made to the squad prior to his arrival.

“Patrick has given his all to the club, and we all appreciate his and his team’s efforts.”

Osian Roberts, Kris Wilson, and Said Aigoun have all left the club with Vieira, but goalkeeping coach Dean Kiely will remain.

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