Patrick Vieira sacked by Crystal Palace after 12 games without a win
Crystal Palace have sacked Patrick Vieira, the club said on Friday.
Vieira has endured a miserable 2023 as Palace’s head coach and is the ninth Premier League managerial casualty of the season.
Palace 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 and 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.”
Vieira was appointed in July 2021, signing a three-year contract, and led Palace to an FA Cup semi-final in his first season. Hopes were high ahead of this campaign but performances have been inconsistent and this year Palace have failed to score in four consecutive matches.
Palace are winless in 12 matches and defeat to rivals Brighton in midweek sealed Vieira's fate.
Palace were reluctant to make a change but felt there could be no alternative, though the lack of available candidates could be a factor in what happens next. Leeds and Southampton both struggled to appoint managers earlier this year, following the sackings of Jesse Marsch and Nathan Jones respectively. That issue will weigh heavily on the board’s minds when they hold talks over Vieira's successor.
Crystal Palace play league leaders Arsenal on Sunday.