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Arsene Wenger backs Patrick Vieira to thrive at Crystal Palace with Arsenal legend set to become new manager

The Gunners legend was sacked by Nice last December (Picture: Getty Images)

Patrick Vieira has been backed to succeed at Crystal Palace by his former manager Arsene Wenger as the Arsenal legend closes in on becoming the south London club’s new boss.

Vieira is reportedly in line to be appointed as Roy Hodgson’s successor, with an agreement in principle said to be in place.

Following a glittering playing career at club level and for France, the 45-year-old has gone on to manage MLS side New York City FC and Nice in Ligue 1.

Vieira and Wenger won multiple honours at Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)

Vieira has been out of work since being sacked by Nice last December after a run of five successive defeats which left the club languishing in mid-table.

But the ex-Gunners captain is on the verge of a return to the Premier League, with Palace primed to hands over the reins to him following the breakdown in talks with the likes of Nuno Espirito Santo and Lucien Favre.

Wenger, who managed the former midfielder at Highbury, thinks he would be a ‘great asset’ for the Eagles and is hoping he can impact English football as a manager like he did as a player.

‘We still wish him the best, and I think it would be great,’ Wenger told beIN Sports France.

‘First of all, he would be a great asset for Crystal Palace, and I also think that he has left such a mark on the Premier League’s pitch that I would like him to leave a mark outside the pitch.’

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Meanwhile, former Eagles chairman Simon Jordan thinks appointing Vieira would a risky move by the club.

‘This is a very brave decision,’ Jordan told talkSPORT.

‘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.’


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