Crystal Palace Appoint Vieira As New Manager

(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 22, 2020 Nice’s French coach Patrick Vieira is seen prior the UEFA Europa League Group C football match Bayer 04 Leverkusen v Nice at the BayArena stadium in Leverkusen, western Germany. (Photo by Marius Becker / POOL / AFP)


Crystal Palace announced former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira as the club’s new manager on Sunday, following a prolonged search for a successor to Roy Hodgson.

Vieira, who won three Premier League titles as a player with the Gunners, has had mixed results in charge of New York City and Nice in his two previous managerial jobs.

The Frenchman, who also won the World Cup and European Championship with his country, is highly regarded in England for his stellar playing career under Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.

“Crystal Palace Football Club are delighted to confirm the appointment of Patrick Vieira as its new manager for the next three seasons,” Palace said in a statement.

The Eagles have been searching for a new boss since Hodgson announced in May he would step down at the end of last season when his contract expired.

Vieira has a busy few weeks ahead, with a host of Palace players also out of contract and just six weeks until the Premier League season starts with a trip to European champions Chelsea.

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“I am really excited to have this opportunity to return to the Premier League, and manage this great football club, as we begin a new chapter together,” said Vieira.

“It is a project that is really appealing to me, having spoken a lot with the chairman and sporting director about their ambition and plans for the whole club, including the academy.

“The club has fantastic foundations in place after many years in the Premier League, and I hope we can make further improvements and continue to drive the club forward.”

In his four seasons in charge, former England boss Hodgson managed to keep Palace out of the relegation battle.

However, there was a desire at the club to freshen up the ageing squad he had assembled with a younger manager.

“I’m delighted and excited that Patrick has agreed to join Crystal Palace as our manager following successfully learning his trade at the City Group, and experiencing positive managerial spells at New York City and then Nice, who he led to the Europa League,” said Palace chairman Steve Parish.

“We have a lot to do to prepare in the coming weeks and I look forward to working closely with Patrick and (sporting director) Dougie (Freedman) in bringing in some new faces to help us all to a successful season.”


Roy Hodgson To Step Down As Crystal Palace Boss At End Of Season

Crystal Palace’s English manager Roy Hodgson arrives for the English Premier League football match between Crystal Palace and Aston Villa at Selhurst Park in south London on May 16, 2021.
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Roy Hodgson is to step down as Crystal Palace manager at the end of the  season, the club announced on Tuesday.

The 73-year-old will bring the curtain down on his four-year spell at his boyhood club against one of his former sides, Liverpool, on Sunday.

The former England manager’s contract was due to expire in the close season after another campaign in which he maintained Palace’s Premier League status.

“After more than 45 years of coaching, I have decided that the time is right for me to step away from the rigours of top-flight Premier League football,” Hodgson said in a statement.

“So our final two matches will be my last ones as manager of Crystal Palace.

“It’s been a particularly rewarding period of my football life and career to have been able to spend these last four seasons with Palace.”

Former Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has been mentioned in the media as a potential replacement for Hodgson at Palace


Crystal Palace Reward Hodgson For Saving Club

Crystal Palace Reward Hodgson For Saving Club
Crystal Palace’s English manager Roy Hodgson watches his players from the touchline during an English Premier League football match on December 2, 2017. Ben STANSALL / AFP


Roy Hodgson’s reward for saving Crystal Palace’s Premier League status last season is a one-year extension to his contract which he signed on Friday.

The 71-year-old former England national coach was hired by Palace in September last year, replacing Frank de Boer after the club lost their four opening games without scoring a goal, and, despite losing the next three matches, eventually guided them to 11th place.

Palace chairman Steve Parish said the extension, to the end of the season,  would boost morale ahead of their Premier League kick-off against one of Hodgson’s former clubs, big-spending newboys, and London rivals Fulham.

“I’m thrilled that Roy has agreed to extend his contract and I know the news will be a big lift to everyone connected with the club,” Parish he said in a club statement.

“We are looking to build on the hard work and results achieved last season and I believe this is the most important part of making that happen.

“It’s, of course, fantastic that Roy has a long connection with the club and I think that understanding the South London mentality is a benefit but make no mistake he’s here because he’s the very best man for the job as we look to take this club forward on and off the pitch.”

Hodgson said it was special to be trusted to take forward a club he watched as a youngster.

“It is a club that has been close to my heart since I was a youngster growing up in the borough of Croydon, and having stood on the terraces in the 1950s, it is a wonderful thing to be managing my boyhood club all these years later,” he said.

“We can be proud of our achievements last season in turning things around despite a poor start, but this year we want to ensure we don’t endure the same struggles.

Palace spent just under £10million on new players during the close season but perhaps most importantly did not lose the prized asset Ivory Coast wing Wilfried Zaha.

“I am thrilled that I have the support of the owners, who believe that I am the right man to help this club move forward,” Hodgson said.


Benteke Shouldn’t Have Taken Penalty – Hodgson

Crystal Palace’s manager Roy Hodgson (file photo) Ben STANSALL / AFP


Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson said Christian Benteke was not supposed to have taken the stoppage-time penalty he squandered in his side’s 2-2 draw with Bournemouth on Saturday.

Luka Milivojevic had netted a penalty earlier in the game, but when Charlie Daniels was deemed to have fouled Wilfried Zaha in injury time at Selhurst Park, Benteke snatched the ball.

The Belgium striker’s tame spot-kick was saved by Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic to leave Palace at the foot of the Premier League table.

Hodgson became involved in a heated discussion with a fan at the final whistle and he told the BBC: “The guy was only asking a question. He was asking why Benteke had been told to take the penalty.

“I was telling him he hadn’t. Benteke got hold of the ball. It was a unilateral decision. No-one on our team was able to wrest the ball from him.

“We, the management, don’t expect players to change those decisions. We tried to shout out our instructions. They obviously didn’t reach the penalty spot.”

Hodgson  Photo: Ben STANSALL / AFP

After Jermain Defoe put Bournemouth ahead, Palace came from behind to lead through Milivojevic’s penalty and a close-range effort by substitute Scott Dann, who came on for the injured Mamadou Sakho.

But Defoe earned the visitors a point with a magnificent, dipping shot from the right-hand side of the penalty area in first-half injury time.

Palace are now unbeaten in five games and Hodgson tried to put their disappointment into context.

“The fact is, even if we had come out of the bottom three, we’re still very much anchored near the foot of the table,” said the former England manager, who succeeded Frank de Boer at Palace in September.

“We missed an opportunity today. I believe we did enough to get the three points. If you miss penalties at home, you’ve only got yourself to blame.”


Crystal Palace Appoint Roy Hodgson As Manager

Roy Hodgson

Roy Hodgson has been appointed the new manager of Crystal Palace, the English Premier League club announced Tuesday.

The 70-year-old former England manager has replaced Frank de Boer after the Dutchman was sacked following just four league games in charge of the south London club.

“Former England manager Roy Hodgson has been appointed as the new manager of Crystal Palace FC, on a two-year contract,” said a club statement.


Oxlade-Chamberlain Ruled Out Of Euro 2016

Oxlade-ChamberlainArsenal winger, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been ruled out for up to two months with a fresh knee injury.

Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has not played for the Gunners since injuring his knee against Barcelona in the Champions League in February, will now miss out on Euro 2016.

His manager Arsene Wenger confirmed that the 22 year-old England midfielder will not recover in time to make Roy Hodgson’s squad for this summer’s tournament in France.

England’s first Group B game is against Russia in Marseille on Saturday, June 11.

Meanwhile, in spite of the setback for club and country, Arsene Wenger insists that his club’s target is guaranteed Champions League qualification for next season which means finishing either second or third in the English Premier League.

Wenger believes the future of Arsenal Football Club could depend on the result of the Manchester City match

Arsenal are currently third with 67 points, three behind Tottenham in second; the Gunners will play Manchester City who are fourth with 64 points in Manchester on Sunday and Aston Villa a week later.

A fourth place finish would mean having to play a qualifying round to reach the group stages.

Townsend Scores As England Draw With Italy

EnglandTottenham winger, Andros Townsend, came off the bench to produce a late equaliser for England in a 1-1 draw against Italy in Turin on Tuesday.

Southampton striker, Graziano Pelle’s header looked to have put Italy on course for victory in the first-half of the friendly against England.

The English side on the other hand, struggled to get to grips with the changes made by manager, Roy Hodgson, after Friday’s Euro 2016 qualifier win against Lithuania.

By the introduction of several substitutes, the Tottenham winger’s rising 20-yard drive 11 minutes from time, gave England a draw in the second-half.

Hodgson’s side then ended the game on top and only a fine save from Buffon stopped England captain, Wayne Rooney – who had earlier hit the bar – from adding to his total of 47 goals for his country and closing even further on Sir Bobby Charlton’s all-time record of 49.

The experiment of using Phil Jones in midfield failed miserably and he reverted to defence when Chris Smalling went off ill just before half-time.

Correspondingly, Arsenal’s Theo Walcott, was also misused in a forward role rather than on the wing.

Hodgson said after the match, “I’m really happy with our second half, I thought we were the better team. That’s pleasing in the sense that under (Antonio) Conte, Italy are a strong team.

“We’re missing a few players and when they’re available, we have a few more options.”

Calum Chambers Called Into England Squad

Calum ChambersArsenal defender, Calum Chambers, has been called up to the senior side from the U21’s after Everton defender, John Stones suffered an ankle injury in the Toffees’ 2-1 defeat to Manchester United on Sunday.

England manager, Roy Hodgson, had earlier told the BBC when announcing the squad for the Euro 2016 qualifiers, “Calum would be the next one to come in but at the moment is ‘loaned out’ to the Under-21s.”

However, the news of Stone’s injury on a day Chambers experienced a tough afternoon in Arsenal’s defence against Chelsea meant Hogson would invite the “loaned out” Calum ahead of time.

According to the statement which appeared on the English FA website on Sunday evening, “Following John Stones’ injury on Sunday afternoon, the Everton defender will not report to St. George’s Park for England duty on Monday.

England manager Roy Hodgson has subsequently called up Calum Chambers, who was previously due to report to the Under 21s squad.

Chambers will now be part of the senior squad for the Euro 2016 qualifying double header against San Marino and Estonia.

England Under-21s manager, Gareth Southgate, is not calling any further players into his squad to face Croatia in their Euro 2015 play-off.”

The new Arsenal signing has enjoyed a good start to his Gunners career after moving from Southampton in the summer. A versatile player who can play as a centre back of right sided full-back, Chambers has adjusted well to life at a top Premier League club.

Gerrard Reflects On ‘Worst Three Months’ Of His Life

gerrardJust retired England captain, Steven Gerrard has revealed that the last three months have been the worst of his life after a disappointing end of season performance with Liverpool and a woeful three lion outing at the just concluded 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

The 34-year-old, who retired from international football after England’s poor display at the World Cup, confessed that missing out on the Premier League title after an unfortunate slip against Chelsea and his under average performance in Brazil, cast a dark shadow over his mood.

Liverpool had been in control of the title race until the midfielder’s unfortunate slip allowed Senegal international, Demba Ba to open Chelsea’s account in a 2-0 victory at Anfield, which turned Premier League fortunes back in favour of eventual winner of the league, Manchester City.

England’s failure in Brazil, ad Roy Hodgson’s side collected just one point from three games, was the height of the disappointment which Gerrard couldn’t just handle.

Speaking in the United States, where he is touring with the Reds, Gerrard confessed that the disappointment of allowing Ba to score the all-important opener in that Chelsea fixture in late April still haunts him

How do you think it was?  Gerrard asked rhetorically. The worst day of your life? ‘There’s your answer.’

“I don’t have to watch something like that to go through the pain again and again.

“I’ve been through the pain in the dressing room afterwards and in the weeks and months after it.

“It’s probably been the worst three months of my life. 

But you have to accept it happened, you can’t change it.

“It (the slip) was cruel. I haven’t lost my man at a set-piece, I haven’t missed a penalty or made a bad pass or a mistake.

“Every person on the planet slips at some point in their life, whether it is on the stairs or the floor. For me it happened at a bad moment.”

The Liverpool skipper said he had hoped he could put his disappointment at club level behind him by enjoying a good run with England in the World Cup but he was disappointed.

“You have to go through tough times. Unfortunately, I have had that tough time and then went to the World Cup hoping it would help me get over it.

“But it backfired. I have had two unbelievably massive lows in a short space of time.” Gerrard said.

Gerrard admitted that his club manager Brendan Rodgers did offer to help him had he chosen to continue playing for the national team but he had long decided to call time on his international career.

Ashley Cole set to honour England despite calls for ban

Chelsea Full back and England player Ashley Cole has been told to report for National duty for his home country even after calls from different quarters foe the defender to be banned from international activity on pitch for England, nothnaks to his recent attack on the Football Association.

Cole called the FA a “bunch of t***s” on Twitter after he was accused of “evolving” his statement supporting Terry’s defence against the charge he racially abused Anton Ferdinand.

Despite former England player; Alan Shearer’s call and that of pundits alike for Ashley Cole to be banned form international football,the Chelsea full-back is in Roy Hodgson’s squad for the World Cup qualifiers against San Marino.

He is facing disciplinary action from Chelsea and the FA after he reacted furiously on Twitter to doubts being expressed about his evidence in the John Terry racial abuse case.

Shearer said on BBC that he thinks the FA can put a big statement out there by not fining Ashley Cole but actually banning him on Friday against San Marino.

Cole responded by retweeting a comment on Twitter which referenced an incident in the game between Newcastle and Leicester in 1998 when the former Magpies forward’s boot made contact with Neil Lennon’s face.

The FA ruled the striker had been making a “genuine attempt to free himself” from a tangle with his opponent and took no disciplinary action against him.

Cole retweeted a post from @CollinR4 which read: “Alan Shearer says @TheRealAC3 needs to be banned for comments. I want his opinion on bans for kicking Neil Lennon in the head. #GlassHouses”

Cole has spoken to Hodgson and will meet up with the squad at the new national football centre, St George’s Park near Burton-upon-Trent, today.

It is understood that if he is left out of the San Marino match it will be a case of Hodgson resting players against the Group H minnows rather than any statement relating to the controversy that erupted on Friday. Cole, 31, has 98 England caps to his name and will be desperate to reach the 100-mark.

He will also be part of the England squad that assemble at St George’s Park for the official opening tomorrow by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate.

Andy Carroll back for West Ham

Reported injured, Andy Carroll is billed to be back on board from injury for West Ham against Queens Park Rangers (QPR) as manager Sam Allardyce confirmed his return to Loftus Road.

Though on loan, Andy Carroll who was the striker for Liverpool has been glued to the bench for four whole weeks with hamstring injury which he sustained last month during his debut match for West Ham as Allardyce confirmed that the striker will be back tonight.

The 23-year-old, who has moved to Upton Park until the end of the season, was outstanding on his debut against Fulham before being forced off after just 68 minutes, making West Ham play without a win recorded, scoring twice in three games.

Carroll has made a quicker recovery than expected but, despite returning to the squad two weeks ahead of schedule, is not ready to start against the Premier League’s bottom side.

The news Carroll’s return to fitness will also delight and serve as a boost for England manager Roy Hodgson as the English squad meeting San Marino and Poland on Thursday for this month’s World Cup qualifiers will be named.

EURO 2012: England can’t make it without Rooney – Nani

Portugal winger and Manchester United forward man, Nani opined that England will not go far into the Euro 2012 tournament not talk of making it out of the group stage as Wayne Rooney is not in the line-up of the three lions.

Rooney got himself suspended after the opening two games in Ukraine as he was red-carded in the qualifying clash when England faced Montenegro in October 2011.

A major headache that is for England Manager Roy Hodgson who is looking at either Danny Welbeck or Andy Carroll as possible replacements for the England striker as they prepare to face France  and Sweden on Monday and June 15th respectively.

Rooney teammate at Manchester United expressed his fear that not pitching Wayne Rooney for England will the campaign in EURO 2012 earlier than planned for he is a key player for England that will be missed in the two games and the spate of injuries to key players could mean England will be on an early plane out of Ukraine.

According to the 25 year old Portuguese player, “Rooney is angry about his absence because he knows he’s the man to score goals and he won’t be there working for the team. I sincerely want England to reach the quarter-finals, but it’s not going to be easy”.

He said the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard and Gareth Barry are vulnerable because they are suffering in all departments of the team as these players are so important for the team and their replacements are not at the same level.

However, England captain Steven Gerard claims the lower expectation levels on his side may actually work in their favour this time around.