Crystal Palace have appointed venerable Good boss Patrick Vieira as their unusual manager on a three-year deal to replace Roy Hodgson, the Premier League club said on Sunday.
Hodgson left boyhood club Palace at the discontinue of last season after four seasons in charge, guiding them to a 14th-placed achieve in his final season.
Vieira, who captained Arsenal to three league titles and four FA Cups as a player, was sacked by French Ligue 1 aspect Good in December after a stint that lasted 2-1/2 years.
The 45-year-ragged also led Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ aspect who went a paunchy Premier League season unbeaten in 2003-04, and won the 1998 World Cup and the European Championship in 2000 with France.
“I am really exasperated to have this opportunity to arrive to the Premier League, and manage this great football club, as we initiate a unusual chapter together,” Vieira said in a statement.
“It is a venture that is really appealing to me, having spoken a lot with the chairman (Steve Parish) and wearing director (Dougie Freedman) about their ambition and plans for the full club, including the Academy.
“The club has fantastic foundations in place after many years within the Premier League, and I am hoping we can make additional enhancements and continue to drive the club forward.”
Vieira beforehand also managed Major League Soccer club New York City from 2016-18, the place he guided them to 2 playoff appearances.
Here is Vieira’s first senior managerial assignment in England after having worked at Manchester City’s academy as football fashion executive.
His first priority at Palace shall be to oversee a major squad overhaul, with a total of 11 players from last season now out of contract after their deals expired at the discontinue of June.
A few of those players, including winger Andros Townsend, are tranquil watching for to be given unusual deals at Selhurst Park.
Another challenge for Vieira shall be to kind out the future of their talisman Wilfried Zaha, who reiterated his want to waddle at the discontinue of last season.
“We have a lot to achieve to prepare within the coming weeks and I peep forward to working carefully with Patrick and Dougie in bringing in some unusual faces to encourage us all to a profitable season,” Parish said.
Palace initiate their Premier League campaign with a commute to Chelsea on August 14.