Patrick Vieira appointed as Crystal Palace’s new head coach

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Patrick Vieira has been appointed as the new head coach of Crystal Palace. After almost four years at the Premier League club, former coach Roy Hodgson parted ways with them.

Amidst the rumours of Frank Lampard, Nuno Espirito Santo and Lucien Favre, Vieira was then finalized by the South London club. As a part of Arsene Wenger’s “Invincibles”, will the former Arsenal skipper make an instant impact as a manager? Let’s have a look at the legend’s coaching career so far!

Will Patrick Vieira open a new chapter for Crystal Palace in the Premier League ?

After his retirement as a player in 2011, Patrick Vieira was sworn in as the ‘Football Development Executive’. He coached the club’s new reserve team, the Elite Development Squad (EDS) comprising of young talents. However, his coaching worked well as EDS lifted the 2014-15 Premier League International Cup.

Newcastle United rejected him in 2015 but he was back as a head coach for New York City FC. He made a huge impact there and helped them reach the conference semis after finishing second in the Eastern Conference.

Similarly, he helped Nice to finish at 7th place in Ligue 1 in 2018. However, in the other domestic competitions, his side didn’t perform well. However, his PPM (points per match) is 1.58, which is pretty decent.

In 2018, he was again linked with a move to Arsenal replacing Wenger but he was happy at New York. Even, Manchester City’s current boss, Pep Guardiola felt that he was ready for the Arsenal job back then.

Anyways, now, the 45-year-old legend is keen on his new journey at Selhurst Park. On the club’s official website, he said,

“It is 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.”

Crystal Palace begins their pre-season as early as 16th July, when they meet Portsmouth. Then, they also play friendlies against Walsall (17th July), Stevenage (23rd July), Ipswich Town (24th July), Charlton Athletic (27th July) and finally Watford on 7th August. Their first PL match would be against Champions League winners Chelsea on 14th August, a thrilling London derby!

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