The information has been circulating since this morning, it is now official. The former Arsenal midfielder and former OGC Nice coach, Patrick Vieira, has given his agreement to coach Crystal Palace. Although negotiations are still ongoing, it is only a matter of time before the announcement is made official. According to Sky Sport media, the former Borussia Dortmund coach Lucien Favre was approached to take over the London club but finally rejected the offer. An agreement in principle has been signed between the two parties, according to English correspondent David Ornstein. After weeks of negotiations with different coaches, Steve Parish, chairman of the Eagles, has set his sights on Patrick Vieira, former Premier League glory.
Vieira: A complicated start at OGC Nice
If the announcement of an agreement between the Premier League club and the French coach made the effect of a bomb in the English tabloids, it is no less surprising in view of the modest experience of Patrick Vieira on a bench. His time at Nice has been tumultuous to say the least. Arriving in 2018, the neo-coach had to face the heavy task of taking over a club after two experienced coaches (Claude Puel and Lucien Favre). The former 98 world champion had then arrived with very ambitious ideas about the game. However, the poor results of the Eagles during the year 2020, and in particular the early elimination in the Europa League, got the better of the French coach who was then fired, replaced by his assistant, the Romanian Adrian Ursea.
A return to his favourite league
If his time as a coach was not successful during his stay at the Gym, the arrival of Patrick Vieira in England is not insignificant. The former midfielder shone under the colors of another London club, Arsenal from 1996 to 2005, where he will write the most glorious pages of his career. Captain of the invincible team in 2003-2004, the player has distinguished himself by his versatility, he is considered today as the archetype of the midfielder who knows how to both defend and attack. Adored in London, the Frenchman will have to do a lot to get rid of his notoriety as a player and to impose himself as a great coach.