Crystal Palace has finally appointed former Arsenal midfielder, Patrick Vieira as manager of the club on Saturday.
This development came into place after a long process which he went through before he was hired. Vieira’s appointment was also prompted by the decision of the former coach of the Eagles, Roy Hodgson, made public his decision to leave the club on 18 May.
Palace finished 14th last season, but with a three-year contract, the 45-year-old Frenchman is hoping to make a positive change in the club.
In regards to his new assignment, Vieira who was sacked by French club, Nice in December, made some comments. He said, “I am really excited to have this opportunity to return to the Premier League,”
“It is a project that is really appealing to me, having spoken a lot with the chairman [Steve Parish] and sporting director [Dougie Freedman] 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.”
On his stints in other clubs, he began his coaching career in the academy at Manchester City, where he ended his stellar playing career in 2011 and has spent two and a half years in charge of Major League Soccer side New York City.
He has also achieved seventh- and fifth-placed finishes during his two full seasons at Nice, after securing two play-off appearances at New York City.