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Vieira the latest champion to manage in Premier League

8 Jul 2021
Patrick Vieira

See the 14 title-winners Crystal Palace's new manager will follow in the footsteps of

It takes more than talent to become a title-winning Premier League player; it also requires character, tactical intelligence and communication skills.

These are qualities that also make a good manager, so Patrick Vieira is well suited to return to the Premier League in his new role as Crystal Palace's manager.

Indeed, the Arsenal legend is the 15th Premier League champion who has gone on to manage in the competition.

Having captained the Gunners to the title on three occasions, the Premier League Hall of Fame nominee will put his experience to use at Selhurst Park.

Vieira's first day at Palace

But it has not been easy for these champions to translate success as a Premier League player into a long and successful managerial career in the competition.

Only five of the title-winners have overseen 50 Premier League matches as a manager or head coach.

In mid-January this season, Vieira could be in the top eight for the most matches in charge, above his former Arsenal team-mates Remi Garde, Tony Adams and Freddie Ljungberg.

Champions who have become managers
Manager Titles as player Clubs  Matches  Pts/match
Steve Bruce 3 BIR, WIG, SUN, HUL, NEW 468 1.1
Mark Hughes 2 BLB, MCI, FUL, QPR, STK, SOU 466 1.3
Bryan Robson 2 MID, WBA 254 1.1
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 6 CAR, MUN 115 1.7
Frank Lampard 3 CHE 57 1.7
Roy Keane 7 SUN 53 1.0
Tim Sherwood 1 TOT, AVL 45 1.4
Remi Garde 1 AVL 21 0.6
Mike Phelan 1 HUL 20 0.7
Paul Ince 2 BLB 17 0.8
Tony Adams 2 POR 16 0.7
Alan Shearer 1 NEW 8 0.6
Freddie Ljungberg 2 ARS 5 1.00
Ryan Giggs 13 MUN 4 1.8

Steve Bruce, a three-time title-winner as a Manchester United defender, has bucked the trend and is on course to take charge of his 500th Premier League match this season with Newcastle United.

No man has won the Premier League title as both a player and a manager, but perhaps Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has the best chance of doing so, having led Man Utd to second last season.

French connection

Vieira also becomes the Premier League's eighth French manager, following in the footsteps of his former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

France are now joint-sixth for representation among managers in Premier League history, level with the Netherlands behind England, Scotland, Italy, Spain and Wales.

Premier League's French managers
Manager Clubs Matches Pts/match
Arsene Wenger ARS 828 2.0
Gerard Houllier LIV, AVL 261 1.7
Claude Puel SOU, LEI 94 1.2
Jean Tigana FUL 71 1.2
Remi Garde AVL 21 0.6
Alain Perrin POR 20 0.9
Jacques Santini TOT 11 1.2

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