Patrick Vieira has resigned as manager of Crystal Palace after the club’s disappointing 12-match winless streak, the club announced on Friday.
Vieira joined the club in 2021 and led the club to 12th place last season. Palace are currently 12th in the Premier League but are just three points above the relegation zone.
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Chairman Steve Parish said in a statement: “It is with great regret that this difficult decision has been made. Ultimately, results in recent months have left us in a precarious league position and we felt a change was needed to give us the best chance. Retained the status of the Premier League.
“That being said, Patrick’s impact since joining us in the summer of 2021 has been significant and is greatly appreciated by myself and all of his colleagues.
“He led the team to the semi-finals of the Wembley FA Cup and played some exciting football last season, finishing a respectable 12th in what was a difficult and important campaign for the club given the changes to the squad prior to his arrival.”
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Palace also revealed that Vieira’s coaching staff, Osian Roberts, Christian Wilson and Saeed Aygoun, had left the club. The club said the process to appoint a new manager was “underway”.
Vieira’s Palace suffered three successive 1-0 defeats before his departure, including against rivals Brighton & Hove Albion.
Previous defeats against Manchester City, Aston Villa and a 0-0 draw against Liverpool saw Palace fail to hit the target, the first time a Premier League side has won three games since the record began in 2003.
Palace face Premier League leaders Arsenal on Saturday.