Premier League side Crystal Palace has parted ways with manager Patrick Viera the club has confirmed.
A statement from the club noted: “Crystal Palace Football Club can confirm that Patrick Vieira has left his post as First Team Manager. Three members of Patrick’s coaching staff – Osian Roberts, Kristian Wilson, and Saïd Aïgoun – have also left the club.
🚨 Crystal Palace have sacked Patrick Vieira — he’s no longer the head coach after recent results. 🔴🔵 #CPFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) March 17, 2023
Steve Parish: “It is with enormous regret that this difficult decision has been made — but we’re now in a precarious league position, change is necessary”. pic.twitter.com/CvN5F0Epto
The club’s 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.
The club further confirmed that the process to appoint a new manager is already underway with Dean Kiely remaining as the goalkeeping coach.
Frenchman Vieira, 46, was appointed before the start of the 2021-22 season and led the Eagles to a 12th-placed finish, earning praise for an attacking style.
However, this season they have scored just 21 goals in 27 games – only Wolves, Everton and bottom-of-the-table Southampton have fewer. Before their defeat by Brighton, Palace had gone three consecutive games without a shot on target.
No Premier League team has won fewer points in 2023 than Palace, who have taken five from a possible 33.
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