Vieira Appointed Palace Manager After Lengthy Search To Replace Hodgson

After a summer searching for a replacement for Roy Hodgson, Palace finally appointed Patrick Vieira as the new manager on Sunday.

The former Arsenal captain soon became the preferred target after being turned down by Nuno Espirito Santos and Lucien Favre.

The Frenchman has signed a three-year contract with the Eagles.

Vieira was sacked by French club Nice in December after spending two and a half years in charge of Major League Soccer side New York City. His coaching career began at the Manchester City academy, the club where he retired from playing in 2011.

While at New York City, Vieira secured two play-off appearances and guided Nice to seventh and fifth placed finishes in Ligue 1 during his two full seasons.

The French midfielder Vieira claimed seven major honours in nine years as a player at Arsenal between 1996 and 2005. A World Cup and European Championship winner with France, he also helped Inter Milan to three Serie A titles. He joined Manchester City in January 2010 and helped them lift the FA Cup before announcing his retirement from playing.

So, what does this appointment mean for Palace?

It is clearly a bold move and has surprised many. Palace managerial appointments since returning to the Premier League have been those experienced at this level in the Premier League.

The appointment is left field and there are naturally plenty of comparisons to Frank de Boer and his ill fated stint at the club. This feels very much like that but the general view is that this is to be rather different, which of course, remains to be seen.

This summer was obviously the right time to part ways with Roy Hodgson after his successful efforts to stablise the club. With so many players out of contract and the new academy build almost complete, the rebuild was always going to be conducted by a new manager.

Vieria comes to Palace with very little managerial experience, but he does have some. He also has a wealth of knowledge about the Premier League so that will not be new to him after his time at Arsenal and Manchester City.

You can understand the mix of excitement and reservation about the appointment but the important thing is that he is given a fair crack of the whip.

Someone of the stature of Vieira will attract people to club, players and staff while upping the profile of the club. After all, he has won pretty much everything in the game during what was a quite amazing career.

It is so difficult to know how this is going to go but here’s hoping we hold on tight and enjoy the ride.

Welcom to Palace, Patrick.


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