After being in charge for a period of 18 months, Patrick Vieira has been dismissed from his role as manager of Crystal Palace.
Following a series of 12 games without a win in all competitions, including their last victory against Bournemouth on New Year’s Eve 2022, Vieira has departed from Palace.
During that period, Palace were knocked out of the FA Cup in the third round by Southampton who were at the bottom of the Premier League at the time. Their position in the league has become precarious as they are currently only three points away from the relegation zone.
Crystal Palace will be without a manager before the Arsenal game
Vieira’s final game as Palace manager was a 1-0 defeat to local rivals Brighton. This loss marked the fourth consecutive match in which the team failed to score.
Crystal Palace did not manage to make a single shot on target during three consecutive matches. This is a record since Opta started keeping track in 2003.
Palace has confirmed that Patrick Vieira and three other staff members named Roberts, Wilson, and Aïgoun, have left the club. However, Dean Kiely will continue as the goalkeeping coach as the search for a new manager is initiated.
The announcement of who will temporarily take charge of the club is expected to be made on Friday afternoon. Palace has canceled their scheduled press conference to preview their upcoming game against Premier League leaders Arsenal on Sunday at the Emirates Stadium.
Chairman Steve Parish said: “It is with enormous regret that this difficult decision has been made. Ultimately, results in recent months have placed us in a precarious league position. We felt a change is necessary to give us the best chance of retaining Premier League status.
“That said, Patrick’s impact since joining us in the summer of 2021 has been significant. and he is held in the highest regard by myself, and all of his colleagues. He led the team to a Wembley FA Cup semi-final and respectable 12th-placed finish last season playing some exciting football, which was a challenging and crucial campaign for the club given the changes we made to the squad prior to his arrival.
“Patrick has given his all to the club, and we all thank him and his team for their service.
“We also wish Patrick, Osian, Kristian and Saïd the very best for their futures.”