Patrick Vieira: Crystal Palace sack manager after 12-match winless run

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Former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira succeeded Roy Hodgson at Crystal Palace in July 2021

Crystal Palace have sacked manager Patrick Vieira after a 12-game winning streak.

Palace did not win a game in 2023 and were beaten 1-0 by Brighton on Wednesday in the Premier League, the third loss in a row.

They are 12th in the league table but are only three points above 18th-placed Bournemouth, who have a game in hand.

“Ultimately, the results of the last few months have put us in a precarious league position and we felt a change was needed to give us the best chance of retaining Premier League status.”

Frenchman Vieira, 46, was appointed for the start of the 2021-22 season and led the Eagles to a 12th-place finish, earning praise for his offensive style.

This season, however, they have scored just 21 goals in 27 games – only Wolves, Everton and Southampton have fewer.

Before their defeat to Brighton, Palace had gone three successive games without a shot on target.

No Premier League team has won fewer points in 2023 than Palace, who have taken five out of a possible 33.

Three members of Vieira’s coaching staff – Osian Roberts, Kristian Wilson and Said Aigoun – have also left the club and the process of appointing a new manager is underway.

Just five points separate the Premier League’s top nine clubs as they head into the final months of the season.

Palace travels to league-leaders Arsenal, Vieira’s former club, on Sunday (14:00 GMT).

Their last 10 games of the season will see them take on all eight of their relegation rivals.

Parish added: “Patrick’s impact since joining us in the summer of 2021 has been significant, and he is held in high regard by me and all his colleagues.

“He led the team to a semi-final of the Wembley FA Cup last season and a respectable 12th place with exciting football.

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

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