Crystal Palace dismiss Vieira

17 Mar 2023
Patrick Vieira Crystal Palace

Manager departs Selhurst Park after 11-match winless run leaves club three points from bottom three

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Crystal Palace have announced the dismissal of manager Patrick Vieira.

The decision was made after Palace's 1-0 defeat at Brighton & Hove Albion on Wednesday left the south London club without a win in 11 Premier League matches, lying 12th in the table, only three points above the relegation zone.

Relegation fight

Position Pos Club Played Pl GD Points Pts
12 Chelsea CHE 38 -9 44
13 Wolverhampton Wanderers WOL 38 -27 41
14 West Ham United WHU 38 -13 40
15 Bournemouth BOU 38 -34 39
16 Nottingham Forest NFO 38 -30 38
17 Everton EVE 38 -23 36
18 Leicester City LEI 38 -17 34
19 Leeds United LEE 38 -30 31
20 Southampton SOU 38 -37 25
See full table

The 46-year-old Premier League Hall of Famer took over at Palace in July 2021 and led them to a 12th-place finish and FA Cup semi-final in his first season at the club.

"It is with enormous regret that this difficult decision has been made," Palace chairman Steve Parish said in an official statement.

"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.

"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 respectable 12th placed finish last season playing some exciting football, which was 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 thank him and his team for their service."

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Three members of Vieira's coaching staff - Osian Roberts, Kristian Wilson and Saïd Aigoun - have also left Selhurst Park, while Dean Kiely will remain as goalkeeping coach.

Palace have started the process to appoint a new manager.

Palace's Premier League 2 head coach Paddy McCarthy will take charge of their next match, on Sunday when they travel to leaders Arsenal.


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