Symbolically, they decided to fire Vieira just before the London derby away to Arsenal, in which the French coach played from 1996 to 2005 and, moreover, became a club legend. With Arsenal, the former midfielder won three English league titles and four FA Cups before becoming team captain in 2002. In the French team, he’s not the last person either: along with his country’s national team, he won the local world championship (1998) and Europe (2000). In total, Patrick made 107 appearances for the national team and scored six goals.
Vieira began his career as a coach in 2011 at Manchester City, a club that was the last of his professional football career and where he was entrusted to the youth squad. Then the Frenchman went to conquer MLS – Vieira was invited to the post of head coach of the New York City club. A couple of years later, Arsene Wenger’s favorite took over at Nice and was sacked in December 2020, after five defeats in the last five Ligue 1 games. Furthermore, the coach was unable to lead the team to the playoffs of the Europa League. . And finally, the French honoree’s last place of work at the moment was Crystal Palace, with whom he signed a three-year deal in 2021. Vieira made his Eagles debut with confidence, albeit in 12th position in the standings: the The team under his strict leadership reached the semifinals of the FA Cup, where, however, they lost to Chelsea (0-2). But the new season did not work out at all: after 27 matches, Crystal Palace still ranked 12th in the English Premier League, and the gap to the relegation zone is only three points. The Eagles have lost their last three games, and the team’s winless streak now stands at 12 games. So the club’s management decided not to take any more risks.
“It is with a heavy heart that we have made this difficult decision. The results of recent months have left us in a precarious position and we felt changes were needed to give ourselves the best chance of retaining a Premier League place, Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish said.
The names of potential candidates for the Eagles head coaching job have yet to be announced. But, apparently, in the very near future they will decide on a coach – on March 19, Crystal Palace will visit Arsenal.