Crystal Palace have confirmed that first-team manager Patrick Vieira has been fired.
The club hired the Arsenal FC legend on a three-year contract on July 4, 2021, following the departure of their previous manager, Roy Hodgson, who had served the club since 2017.
Following his recent poor performance in about 12 consecutive matches since the beginning of 2023, the Eagles are teetering on the brink of relegation from the Premier League, with a three-point gap separating them from 18th-placed Bournemouth.
“It is with enormous regret that this difficult decision has been made,” said the club’s chairman, Steve Parish, in a statement obtained from their website on Friday.
“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.
“That said, Patrick’s impact since joining us in the summer of 2021 has been significant, and he is held in the highest regard by myself, and all of his colleagues.
“He led the team to a Wembley FA Cup semi-final and a respectable 12th placed finish last season playing some exciting football, which was a challenging and crucial campaign for the club given the changes we made to the squad prior to his arrival.
“Patrick has given his all to the club, and we all thank him and his team for their service.
“We also wish Patrick, Osian, Kristian and Saïd the very best for their futures.”