Vieira joins Crystal Palace as head coach

Crystal Palace have appointed Patrick Vieira to succeed Roy Hodgson as the Premier League club’s manager.

The former Arsenal captain emerged as Palace’s preferred candidate after a lengthy process since Hodgson announced he was leaving the club on 18 May.

The 45-year-old Frenchman has signed a three-year contract with the Eagles, who finished 14th last season.

“I am really excited to have this opportunity to return to the Premier League,” Vieira said.

“It is a project that is really appealing to me, having spoken a lot with the chairman Steve Parish.”

“And sporting director Dougie Freedman about their ambition and plans for the whole club, including the academy.”

“The club has fantastic foundations in place after many years in the Premier League.”

“I hope we can make further improvements and continue to drive the club forward.”

Patrick Vieira and his football journey

Vieira claimed seven major honours in nine years as a player at Arsenal between 1996 and 2005.

A World Cup and European Championship winner with France, he also helped Inter Milan to three Serie A titles.

Vieira joined Manchester City in January 2010 and helped the club lift the FA Cup the following year.

He then announced his retirement from playing.

Previously he had spent two and a half years in charge of Major League Soccer side New York City.

He joined them after beginning his coaching career in the academy at Manchester City.

Vieira had played for City where he ended his stellar playing career in 2011.

He secured two play-off appearances at New York City.

Vieira achieved seventh- and fifth-placed finishes during his two full seasons at Nice.

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