In an exclusive interview with The Transfer Tavern, former Premier League midfielder Carlton Palmer has backed Crystal Palace’s decision to appoint Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira as manager.
After talks with Nuno Espirito Santo and Lucien Favre, it looked like one of the two would end up in the Selhurst Park dugout.
However, Palace went on to have no success there, resulting in the south London club turning to Vieira.
Will Vieira be a success?
The 45-year-old has had spells with Nice and New York City FC, but he is still a relatively inexperienced manager, making this appointment arguably a risk.
For Palmer, though, you need to give people chances, and he is delighted to see Steve Parish and the Palace board do just that with Vieira.
“How do you become a good manager? You have to give people the opportunity. You have to support them,” the ex-Leeds United player said.
“I think they’ve got the right set-up there and the right infrastructure to help somebody like Patrick Vieira to go on and be a successful manager.
“You’ve got to give these ex-players an opportunity and I’m pleased that Patrick has got this opportunity.”
It will definitely be interesting to see how Vieira gets on following his return to English football, though he faces a tough start to the season, as Palace travel to Stamford Bridge to take on European champions Chelsea in their first Premier League fixture.
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