March 31, 2023
Patrick Vieira sacked from Crystal Palace

Patrick Vieira sacked from Crystal Palace

Patrick Vieira has been sacked as manager of Crystal Palace amid an 11-game winless run dating back to early 2023, the club confirmed on Friday.

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Vieira was appointed to replace the retired Roy Hodgson ahead of the 2021-22 season, in which the Frenchman guided Crystal Palace to a 12th-place finish. Under-21 head coach Paddy McCarthy will take charge of the clash of the Sunday against Premier League leaders Arsenal (10 am ET).

It’s an interesting time to change managers, to say the least, with Crystal Palace sitting 12th in the Premier League table (11 games left to play), yet the Eagles are just three points clear of last three like a measly five. Points separate last-place Southampton and Palace at the top of the relegation battle.

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Crystal Palace have scored just 21 goals in 27 Premier League games this season (the fourth fewest, behind Wolves, Everton and Southampton, all of whom have scored 20), with only Bournemouth (22.1) ranking one place higher. low in xG (24.0 for Palace). Defensively, no team currently in the bottom half of the table have conceded fewer goals (34).

Statement from Crystal Palace on the dismissal of Patrick Vieira

“It is with enormous regret that this difficult decision has been made. Ultimately, the results of the last few months have put us in a precarious position in the league and we feel a change is necessary to give ourselves the best chance of retaining Premier League status.

“That being said, Patrick’s impact since joining us in the summer of 2021 has been significant, and he is held in the highest regard by me and all of his colleagues. He led the team to an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley and a respectable 12th place last season playing some exciting football, which was a challenging and pivotal campaign for the club given the changes we made to the squad prior to his arrival.

“Patrick has given everything for the club, and we all thank him and his team for their service.”

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