Vieira is not a ‘risk’ like De Boer was, says current Palace star

Date published: Wednesday 30th June 2021 4:59 - Lewis Oldham

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Andros Townsend has suggested that given his knowledge of English football, Crystal Palace appointing Patrick Vieira is not a risk like it was with Frank de Boer.

Crystal Palace have been on the lookout for a new manager since the departure of Roy Hodgson at the end of the 2020/21 season. The 73-year-old had been in charge since September 2017.

Former Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo was linked with the job, but he now looks set to replace Jose Mourinho at Tottenham.


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It was reported on Tuesday that Vieira is set to become the new Palace manager. 

The Arsenal legend has previously managed New York City FC and Ligue 1 outfit Nice. Townsend has told talkSPORT that Vieira’s Premier League experience will serve him well at Palace:

“We took a risk with Frank de Boer and it didn’t work out, but the difference with Patrick Vieira is he has played in the English game.

“He knows English football, he’s won all there is to win. He coached the Manchester City U 23s, I think it was.

“He knows English football inside out, where as Frank de Boer was new to English football and tried to learn on the job.

“If they do appoint Patrick Vieira he would be more at home and more used to English football and the way we like to play in England.”

Earlier this month, former Palace chairman Simon Jordan said appointing Vieira would be a risk:

“This is a very brave decision.

“He’s not experienced in management in English football and managing Nice and New York City – with the greatest respect – aren’t blueprints because neither of those jobs were outstanding in terms of his attainment level.

“It is a risk. If I was taking the risk and looking down the list of available managers, I would make more of a case for Frank Lampard if I was moving in that territory.

“Is it foolishly brave? Time will tell. I’d be surprised if it happens. If it is offered to Patrick Vieira, I’d think he would pull their arm of their shoulder to get a job in the Premier League.”

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