Patrick Vieira leaves Crystal Palace as fans astonished by Arsenal legend’s exit
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Patrick Vieira has left his post as Crystal Palace manager.
The Premier League club announced on Friday that the Frenchman, along with members of his coaching staff, had stepped down.
Palace since the turn of the year have slipped dangerously close to the relegation zone, failing to pick up a single win in 2023. And Vieira's shock exit comes days before their Premier League clash with his former side Arsenal.
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Chairman Steve Parish said in a club statement: “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."
Palace are currently 12th in the league table but only three points from safety, having lost three games on the trot. Their latest defeat came against rivals Brighton, with Solly March's strike resulting in an 11th game without victory.
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Vieira's tenure comes to an abrupt halt less than two years after he first took charge at the beginning of the 2021/22 season.
Parish added: "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.”
Along with Parish's concerns about Palace's form, it is understood the former Arsenal captain was disappointed at the lack of investment over the summer.
Yet fans were left with mixed feelings over his departure with 11 games left in the season. "Gutted it hasn't worked out. Always came across as a good man," one Twitter user wrote.
Another tweeted: "Such a bad decision, gutted. Had we kept him till summer and stayed up we'd be fine."
But others disagreed, tweeting: "I think it was the best time to sack him, because the international break is coming up. This season I felt like our attacking was even worse than under Roy Hodgson."
Another added: "Cheers for last season Pat, but was the right time to go."
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