OFFICIAL: Vieira appointed as Crystal Palace manager

Carlo Garganese

Patrick Vieira has been appointed as the new manager of Crystal Palace, the Premier League club have confirmed.

Vieira has signed a three-year contract until 2024 and succeeds Roy Hodgson, who departed at the end of last season after four successful years at the club.

The 45-year-old Frenchman enjoyed a glittering playing career with Arsenal, Juventus, Inter, AC Milan and Manchester City.

His coaching career has not be so successful, enjoying mixed spells with New York City FC and Nice.

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish said of the appointment: “I’m delighted and excited that Patrick has agreed to join Crystal Palace as our manager following successfully learning his trade at the City Group, and experiencing positive managerial spells at New York City and then Nice, who he led to the Europa League.

“We have a lot to do to prepare in the coming weeks and I look forward to working closely with Patrick and Dougie in bringing in some new faces to help us all to a successful season.”

What Vieira said about Crystal Palace

Vieira himself added: “I am really excited to have this opportunity to return to the Premier League, and manage this great football club, as we begin a new chapter together.

I am really excited to have this opportunity to return to the Premier League, and manage this great football club, as we begin a new chapter together.
- Patrick Vieira

“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. 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.

“I am also very excited to experience the atmosphere the club’s supporters make at Selhurst Park and away from home too, and I know just how important that can be for the team.”

Vieira had recently worked as a pundit on Euro 2020 with ITV in England.