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Patrick Vieira sacked by Crystal Palace after winless start to 2023

Crystal Palace have sacked manager Patrick Vieira after one win in 14 Premier League games left the club three points above the relegation zone.

Palace have not won a match in 2023 and were beaten 1-0 by Brighton in the Premier League on Wednesday, their third defeat in a row.

Chairman Steve Parish told the club website: β€œIt is with enormous regret that this difficult decision has been made.

“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.”

The Frenchman was appointed before the start of the 2021-22 season after Roy Hodgson announced his retirement and led the Eagles to a 12th-placed finish, earning plaudits for an attacking brand of football.

However, this season they have scored just 21 goals in 27 league games, with only Wolves, Everton and Southampton having scored fewer.

Parish added: “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 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.”

Palace’s next league fixture is an away trip to league leaders Arsenal on Sunday at 2pm.

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