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Crystal Palace: Osian Roberts wanted as assistant

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Crystal Palace are looking to bring Osian Roberts to Selhurst Park as Patrick Vieira’s assistant, according to The Sun.

The Lowdown: Vieira announced; transfer budget emerges

Vieira was officially announced as Roy Hodgson’s successor on Sunday lunchtime, penning a three-year deal with the Eagles.

The Frenchman will reportedly have around £50m to spend on summer signings ahead of the new campaign, with just 15 senior players remaining on the books from last season.

The 45-year-old was joined by academy coaches Paddy McCarthy and Shaun Derry as he took his first Palace training session on Monday, with the club confirming his full backroom staff will be announced in due course.

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The Latest: Roberts wanted

The Sun claim that Vieira is planning to bring Roberts to Selhurst Park as his No.2.

Roberts, who was described as ‘the most influential man in Welsh football’, is currently the director of football at the Morocco FA.

He admitted last year that he often speaks to Vieira, with the report claiming the latter is a fan of Roberts.

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The Verdict: Palace need to act fast

Time is ticking ahead of the new season, so with Vieira now in charge, Palace really need to get going on incomings both on and off the pitch.

Hopefully, a move for Roberts can be sorted swiftly, as it appears he is the man Vieira wants.

Plenty of new additions to the playing squad will also be required, and Vieira may also make calls on 11 senior players who are now out of contract at Selhurst Park.

The likes of Joel Ward, Gary Cahill and Andros Townsend are just three players who are now technically free agents, so Vieira may well want to get some of those back at the club.

In other news: Many CPFC fans give their thoughts to Vieira’s priority Palace target, find out more here


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