Next Palace manager odds
Crystal Palace next manager after Patrick Vieira
The Arsenal legend born in Dakar, Senegal turned 45 last month and has already had 2 jobs in management prior to this. One being a 2-year stint at New York City FC and the other at Nice, in Ligue 1.
At Nice, his most used formations were 4-4-1-1, 4-1-4-1, and the 4-4-2. This proves that Patrick Vieira likes having a midfield of four to create a solid midfield. In this midfield, he normally has a more defensive-minded midfielder and a more creative midfielder.
It is important to note Palace, under Hodgson, regularly did this same with a nice and tightly packed midfield, having Luca Milivojevic as the deepest of the 3. For example, in a game against Monaco, he used the 3-4-2-1 formation. He did this as Monaco were playing in a formation with no out and out wingers and this formation meant that Nice could control the midfield with numbers while also creating countless opportunities and chances in wide areas with the wing backs. Additionally, it proves that Vieira is not afraid to differ from his original style if needed in a specific match.
There are so many first-team players out of contract at Palace following the end of the season and one of them, Andros Townsend, revealed in May the club were waiting to appoint a manager before deciding who would get new terms. While Christian Benteke signed a two-year deal in June, several key players remain free to leave including Joel Ward, Gary Cahill and Patrick Van Aanholt. For Viera, he may be open to releasing many players as Palace are in the need of reducing their average age, however, losing age also comes with negatives, the main being lack of experience.
Another big problem that Viera is going to have to deal with is the loss of Eze. The young English under 21’s international had a fine debut season for Palace, however a recent injury has ruled him out for a large part, if not all of the upcoming season. The other most important creative player, Wilfred Zaha, has yearly speculation in the summer about possible moves away from the club. If Palace were to lose him, they would need huge investment and big money signings in order to produce an adequate replacement, however, the new boss will surely prefer Wilfred himself to stay.
For Viera to succeed, he needs to get the fans on board and play a new, exciting brand of football in order to give them something different from the last 10 years.
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