Crystal Palace sack Patrick Vieira after winless run

Patrick Vieira
A dejected Patrick Vieira after the loss to Brighton & Hove Albion. File photo: Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers

Crystal Palace sacked manager Patrick Vieira after 20 months in charge on Friday after their 1-0 defeat at Brighton & Hove Albion left them three points above the relegation zone.

Palace are the only Premier League team without a win in 2023, having drawn five and lost six of their games. Their last league win came on December 31, 2-0 at Bournemouth, and they are 12th in the league on 27 points with 11 games to play.

"It is with enormous regret that this difficult decision has been made," Palace Chairman Steve Parish said.

"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."

Former France international Vieira, who captained Arsenal to three league titles and four FA Cups as a player, took over from Roy Hodgson in July, 2021, on a three-year contract.

Palace finished 12th in Vieira's first season in charge and reached the FA Cup semifinals.

The club did not confirm who will replace Vieira or take charge of Sunday's Premier League trip to leaders Arsenal.

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