Crystal Palace are likely to have an interim caretaker manager in charge against Arsenal on Sunday, after sacking Patrick Vieira.
On Friday morning, Crystal Palace confirmed their decision to part ways with former Gunner Patrick Vieira, with the coach’s assistants also leaving the club – other than goalkeeping coach Dean Kiely.
Chairman Steve Parish said: “It is with enormous regret that this difficult decision has been made.
“Ultimately, results in recent months have placed us in a precarious league position and we felt a change is necessary to give us the best chance of retaining Premier League status.”
But interestingly, Palace haven’t confirmed who will be in charge against Arsenal on Sunday, with the game just two days away.
According to talkSPORT, Palace won’t make a new manager appointment until after the Arsenal game, suggesting that an interim boss will be in charge at the weekend.
With Vieira’s assistants leaving the club, it won’t be any of them. Perhaps Palace will look to promote one of their academy coaches for a game, but they haven’t confirmed anything yet.
Interestingly, Palace u21 coach Paddy McCarthy is set to take on Arsenal with the u21s on Friday afternoon, so if he gets the call, he might end up facing the same club twice in 48 hours.
Arsenal could certainly do with the help, as they’ve struggled in matches at home to Crystal Palace lately.
In contrast to their two wins, one draw, and one defeat in their last four matches at Selhurst Park, Arsenal have lost one and drawn three against Palace at the Emirates, with zero wins (via Orbinho).
But Palace may also be lacking a senior goalkeeper when they come to the Emirates, and Albert Sambi Lokonga will be ineligible against his parent club. So there are encouraging signs for the Gunners.