Pep Guardiola has assured Patrick Vieira that despite his sacking at Crystal Palace, he is bound to get more opportunities in the near future.
The Frenchman was ruthlessly fired on Friday ahead of the Eagles’ Premier League encounter against his former club Arsenal.
His dismissal came after a 12-game losing streak for the team, who are now battling relegation following Wednesday’s 1-0 defeat at rivals Brighton & Hove Albion.
Pep Guardiola was asked about Patrick Vieira’s sacking at Crystal Palace ahead of the Sky Blues’ forthcoming FA Cup showdown with Vincent Kompany’s Burnley.
And the Manchester City gaffer is unsure whether or not the Frenchman’s dismissal will result in an immediate improvement in the Eagles’ form.
The City manager: “I’m so sorry for Patrick Viera, I don’t know the reason why but new opportunities wait around the corner. (But) I don’t even think about how that affects their game against Arsenal.”
In truth, it felt like the writing was on the wall until the Frenchman was relieved of his duties, especially given that they were set to face Arsenal of all teams in the Premier League at the weekend.
On Thursday, it was rumoured that Palace chairman Steve Parish was getting increasingly concerned with the Eagles’ failure to win a single game in 2023.
Additionally, he was ‘weighing up’ a potential change in the hot seat since Palace are only three points away from relegation zone.
Now, it seems Parish’s patience has worn out, which has meant Patrick Vieira is no longer Crystal Palace boss.
While things have not gone according to plan for Vieira at Selhurst Park this season, his debut season was a success, which may persuade future employers to give the Arsenal and French icon another go in the managerial dugout sooner rather than later.