Some surprise ‘breaking news’ has emerged from The Athletic in the last few moments, confirming that Crystal Palace look set to appoint Patrick Viera as their new manager.
An interesting move from the Eagles following the departure of Roy Hodgson and Viera’s first job in England – although it seems he very nearly arrived at St James’ Park.
Back in May 2015, Sky Sports‘ Keith Downie confirmed that the Arsenal legend was to hold talks with Newcastle United over the Head Coach vacancy, however the club ended up appointing Steve McClaren that summer.
The Telegraph also reported that he was in the running to replace Rafa Benitez back in 2019, with him, Steve Gerrard and Mikel Arteta believed to have been shortlisted – only for us to end up going with Steve Bruce.
Fast forward almost two years and The Athletic claim that the 45-year-old has agreed to take charge at Selhurst Park and should be unveiled as their new manager soon pending the approval of a work permit:
After mixed success during spells with OGC Nice and New York City, it’ll be interesting to see how Viera does in what is a huge season of transition for Palace.
A smart, forward-thinking appointment for The Eagles or a big risk that could back-fire? Only time will tell…