Patrick Vieira sacked on St Patrick’s Day as fans say ‘you couldn’t make it up’
Patrick Vieira's one-and-a-half-year reign as Crystal Palace boss has come to an end – on St Patrick's Day.
The Arsenal legend, 46, has stepped down from his role as first-team manager following a dismal run of form that has left the club just three points shy of the relegation zone. Palace have failed to pick up three points since the final day of 2022, a run stretching 11 Premier League matches, whilst The Eagles were also dumped out of the FA Cup at home to bottom club Southampton.
Despite the poor turn of results in 2023, Vieira's departure has come as a shock with Palace enduring their first real sticky patch under the Senegal boss.
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"Outrageously harsh. Come and support your real team against them this Sunday at The Emirates," jibbed an obvious Arsenal supporter. "Cant lie, I am really sad. Thought Vieira would’ve been a new age for the club," posted a gutted Palace fan.
"Genuinely disappointed by this Palace. Vieira wasn’t blameless but he’s paid the price for not being backed in the last two transfer windows. If you stand still, you’re going backwards," commented a third. "Way too soon, good run of games coming up," harked a fourth.
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Other fans were quick to point out the cruel nature of Vieira's exit which comes on widely celebrated Saint Patrick's Day. "Sacking Vieira on St Patrick’s Day is up there with the best, literally couldn’t make it up," joked one supporter.
"Not on St Patrick’s Day, come on…," blasted eyewear specialists Specsavers. "Patrick Vieira getting sacked on Saint Patrick's day, gotta feel bad for the guy," empathised a third. While a fourth mocked: "Sack Patrick's Day."
Palace chairman Steve Parish placed on record his heartfelt thanks to Vieira for his 18-month stint at Selhurst Park. A statement reads: "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."
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