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Written By Onyeka Daniel

In a surprising but expected move regardless, English Premier League side, Crystal Palace have announced the sacking of their coach, Patrick Vieira with 11 games before the end of the season.

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Despite sitting in the 12th position on the EPL table, all is not well currently at the Selhurst Park as they’re yet to win a single match in 2023 and they’re just three points away from Bournemouth who occupy the 18th and last relegation position.

Meaning, they’re just one bad result away from being dragged into the relegation fight with some teams (Everton, Bournemouth, Wolves and Leicester City) currently below them experiencing some sort of resurgence lately.


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“It is with enormous regret that this difficult decision has been made,” Palace chairman Steve Parish said in a statement. “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. Patrick has given his all to the club, and we all thank him and his team for their service.”

The club also confirmed that Vieira’s coaching staff of Osian Roberts, Kristian Wilson and Said Aigoun had also left the club, claiming that “the process to appoint a new manager is underway.”

Vieira was appointed by Palace in July 2021 to succeed former England manager Roy Hodgson. His first season at Selhurst Park was a success, as he guided the Eagles to a 12th-placed finish in the Premier League and the FA Cup semi-final, which they lost to Chelsea.

A caretaker coach is expected to be announced as the club prepare for their next EPL game on Sunday, where they will be traveling to face their London neighbors and current League leaders, Arsenal at the Emirates stadium.

Ex-Leeds boss Jesse Marsch and former Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl are the early frontrunners for the job, but a permament successor is unlikely to be in place before the Arsenal game.

Vieira’s sacking was announced on Friday, March 17, which, ironically, is St Patrick’s Day, making him the tenth EPL Manager that left their position this season. Scott Parker (Bournemouth), Thomas Tuchel (Chelsea), Graham Potter (Brighton), Bruno Lage (Wolves), Ralph Hasenhuttl and Nathan Jones (Southampton), Frank Lampard (Everton) and Jesse Marsch (Leeds United).

Meanwhile…

Arsenal coach, Mikel Arteta has provided an injury update on some of his players in the aftermath of their elimination in the hands of Portuguese club, Sporting Lisbon in the Europa League yesterday, including Takehiro Tomiyasu, William Saliba and Gabriel Jesus.

Tomiyasu was forced off just nine minutes into the game after slipping awkwardly when challenging for a ball with Francisco Trincao. Saliba, meanwhile, came off immediately after the Gunners took a 1-0 lead on the night via Granit Xhaka while Jesus was a half time substitute after making his come back from an injury that has kept him from the team since December.

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“Tomiyasu looks pretty serious from his reaction straight and what he said to me, but obviously, it’s very early,” the Spaniard said of Tomiyasu in his post-match press conference before going on to add. “Willy, I don’t know, he had some discomfort and could not continue so we had to take him out.”

“We decided to do that because we had to manage the subs,” Arteta said on Jesus substitution. “Thank God we did take him out, especially after the two windows that we had to use in the first half. That was the plan. Leo is coming from an injury as well and we knew the game could go to extra time and we had to manage that. He looked OK.”

“We’ve been carrying injuries throughout the season.” he further added. “We had Emile out for four months, Jesus for four months, Thomas for a month and a half, Alex for two and half months, Eddie for a month and a half. We had quite a lot of injuries already, but we dealt with them.

“The disappointment is not going to go away it’s there now. But there’s also clarity. It’s 11 games to go now and we have a final against Crystal Palace. We have to recover and put all the focus there and win.” He concluded.

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