After reaching an agreement in principle with the former France international to take over the reins at Selhurst Park, Crystal Palace are likely to name Patrick Vieira as their new manager, according to The Athletic.
That agreement has yet to be signed, but all sides expect it to be done today. Vieira is in the process of obtaining a visa so that he may begin pre-season training on Monday.
🚨 EXCLUSIVE: Crystal Palace set to appoint Patrick Vieira as manager. Agreement in principle reached but not signed yet. Work permit process for 45yo former Nice boss & Arsenal Invincible under way. Confirmation expected in due course @TheAthleticUK #CPFC https://t.co/S8PUBv1PIA— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) June 29, 2021
Since December of last year, Vieira has not held a managerial position. That's when he departed Nice, a French club.
Bournemouth were interested in him as they were seeking for a new manager after Jason Tindall left earlier in 2021. On Monday, they finally signed Scott Parker as their permanent manager.
Vieira has also managed New York City FC in the past. In 2018 and 2019, he was a candidate for a position at Arsenal. The 45-year-old has previously been linked with a move to Newcastle.
The former Arsenal midfielder has never coached a senior side in the United Kingdom, but he was a standout player for the Gunners from 1996 and 2005. In the Premier League, he made 279 appearances and won the title three times.