By Exposed Uganda
Former Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira,45, has literally landed in things after getting appointed as the new Crystal Palace manager.
The position has been vacant since Roy Hodgson left by mutual consent after four years at the helm at Selhurst Park at the end of last season.
The former Arsenal captain has put pen to paper on a three-year contract with the Eagles which sees him through to 2024.
It will be the iconic Frenchman’s first senior role in the Premier League following a pair of brief stints with MLS outfit New York City and Ligue 1 club Nice.
‘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,’ Vieira told Palace’s official website.
“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,” he added, noting that;
“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.”
Vieira also said that; “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.”
“Proud and excited to be part of this new journey. I want to thank the @CPFC board for their trust & thank the fans for the amount of support I’ve been getting for the past few days. I can’t wait to see you there, back where it all started @premierleague. Come on you Eagles,” he later tweeted.
The football legend noted that; “I want to thank the Crystal Palace board for their trust and thank the fans for the amount of support I’ve been getting for the past few days. I can’t wait to see you there, back where it all started in the Premier League. Come on you Eagles.”
Hodgson steered Palace to a 14th-placed finish in his final season at the helm.
Vieira’s only previous coaching position in England was as manager of the Under-21 side at Manchester City which he took on after bringing an end to an illustrious playing career at the Etihad.
The 1998 World Cup winner and three-time Premier League champion will be intent on improving on Palace’s 14th-placed finish last term and a major squad overhaul is expected before the transfer window closes.
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