Patrick Vieira sacked by Crystal Palace ahead of Premier League relegation clash

Crystal Palace are just three points above the Premier League’s relegation zone and the club’s bosses have decided to sack Patrick Vieira with just 11 games remaining.

Patrick Vieira has been fired(Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Patrick Vieira has been sacked by Crystal Palace after 20 months in charge.

The Arsenal legend leaves Selhurst Park with the Eagles 12th in the Premier League table – just three points above the relegation zone. Palace have not confirmed who will replace Vieira or take charge of Sunday’s Premier League game against Arsenal at the Emirates.

Former Leeds boss Jesse Marsch and ex-Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl are the early front-runners for the job, but a permanent successor is unlikely to be in place before the Arsenal game. Vieira’s sacking was announced on Friday 17 March – which ironically is St Patrick’s Day.

Vieira’s backroom – Osian Roberts, Kristian Wilson and Said Aigoun – have also left Selhurst Park. Dean Kiely remains as goalkeeping coach. Palace chairman Steve Parish admitted: “It is with enormous regret that this difficult decision has been taken.

“Ultimately, results in recent months have placed us in a precarious league position and we felt a change was necessary to give us the best chance of retaining Premier League status. That said, Patrick’s impact since he joined us in the summer of 2021 has been significant, and he has the highest respect from myself and all his colleagues.

“He led the team to a Wembley FA Cup semi-final and a respectable 12th-placed finish last season, playing some exciting football in what was a challenging and crucial campaign for the club given the changes we made to the squad prior to his arrival.

Patrick Vieira was sacked two days before Crystal Palace’s game against Arsenal(Getty Images)

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“Patrick has given everything to the club and we all thank him and his team for their service. We also wish Patrick, Osian, Kristian and Saïd the best for their future.”

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