Former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira is poised to become the new Crystal Palace manager, according to reports.
Following his departure from coaching Manchester City’s elite development squad, the Frenchman took charge of New York City and later French side Nice, overseeing a combined total of 179 games between 2016 and 2020.
Vieira has been linked with numerous jobs in recent seasons, including the previously vacant position at Championship side Bournemouth, while he is currently busy as a pundit for ITV during Euro 2020.
Crystal Palace are yet to officially appoint a successor to Roy Hodgson after former Borussia Dortmund boss Lucien Favre ruled himself out of the job at the eleventh hour, citing his desire for a longer break from football.
Discussions were highly advanced at this point, with the announcement of his arrival having been scheduled for the end of the week.
Favre, though, reportedly underwent a last-minute U-turn to leave Palace scrambling for alternatives ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.
Sean Dyche, Frank Lampard and Valerien Ismael were among the other names linked with position in south London but now it looks like they’ve finally got their man.
David Ornstein and Dominic Fifield write in The Athletic that Palace are ‘close to appointing’ Vieira as their new manager ‘after agreement was reached in principle with the former France international to take up the reins at Selhurst Park’.
The report adds: ‘That deal has yet to be signed but, after talks over the last 24 hours, all parties expect the move to be rubber-stamped today. The process of applying for a visa is under way in the hope that Vieira will be able to oversee the first day of preseason training on Monday.’
Vieira was on Palace’s ‘original list’ of candidates and the 45-year-old is ‘under no illusions over the size of the job he is taking on, but is relishing the challenge ahead’.
The report finishes by saying: ‘He knows he was not first-choice for the role. Yet the Frenchman accepts the others under consideration boasted more experience in management and will have been prioritised as a result.’