Former Arsenal captain and France international Patrick Vieira has signed a three year deal at Selhurst Park to become the new Crystal Palace manager. Vieira, who was sacked by Nice in December was selected as the manager after the breakdown of talks between Nuno Espirito Santo, who went on to be appointed as the Spurs manager.
The former France international is well remembered for captaining the “Invincibles” Arsenal side in 2003/4. Vieira started his coaching career at Manchester City after retiring in 2011, and joined MLS Club New York City FC as the Head Coach in 2016.
Vieira expressed his excitement and said “It’s 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. I’m also very excited to experience the atmosphere the club’s supporters make at Selhurst Park and away from home too, and I know just how important that can be for the team.”
Speaking after appointing Vieira as the manager, Crystal Palace co-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.”