Premier League club Crystal Palace have announced Patrick Vieira as their new manager following links to Rangers boss Steven Gerrard.
Palace have been managerless since Roy Hodgson opted to step away from the role at the end of last season.
Since then, they have been linked with a number of names, inluding Gerrard’s, with GO Radio Football Show host Paul Cooney claiming that the Gers boss was on Palace’s radar [15/03/21].
Barry Ferguson scoffed at the idea that the 41-year-old would consider making the switch to Selhurst Park and few fans genuinely thought that he’d contemplate leaving his Ibrox contract for the position.
Now, though, even the minority who were concerned can breath easily.
That’s because the Eagles have officially confirmed the appointment of Vieira as their new manager on a three-season deal.
𝗪𝗲𝗹𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗣𝗮𝗹𝗮𝗰𝗲 🦅
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) July 4, 2021
“I am really excited to have this opportunity to return to the Premier League, and manage this great football club, as we begin a new chapter together,” said the former Arsenal and France midfielder [CPFC.co.uk].
Vieira previously managed both New York City FC and Nice and has been working as a pundit on British TV for the European Championships.
It’s quite a turnaround considering that just over a week ago, it was reported that former Borussia Dortmund boss Lucien Favre had agreed to take the role.
Rangers fans won’t care too much about who’s in the Selhurst Park hot seat, though, as long as it isn’t Gerrard.
One of the other Premier League clubs to have been credited with interest in the Gers boss this summer have now also filled their vacancy.