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Crystal Palace: Zac Djellab voices concern over Patrick Vieira’s role at the club

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Football Daily and Sky Sports presenter Zac Djellab has given his views on Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira and his future at the club following their business in the window.

It was certainly a busy window for the Eagles, as not only did they have to deal with a lot of turnover on the pitch, with a number of players leaving the club at the conclusion of their contracts and thus needing to replace them, they also had to go through a change in the dugout as they appointed former Arsenal man Vieira to succeed Roy Hodgson.

Things haven’t got off to the best start for the Eagles this season, failing to win any of their games in the league and being knocked out of the League Cup, although they have earned praise in some circles for the way they went about their summer business.

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And speaking on the latest edition of Football Daily’s Sunday Vibes, Djellab agreed with the praise being placed on Vieira’s men, but claimed that he still isn’t convinced by the man himself and what he could do for the club moving forward:

“These are fantastic signings who are going to be at Palace for a while – if they want them to, maybe another club comes in for a lot more money. But it is really, really good. Again, the only issue we’ve always kind of mentioned is Patrick Vieira – we don’t know what’s going to happen with him.

“Maybe he is a coach that is going to surprise us and does well, and with the players at his disposal, he has every chance of doing so.”

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It certainly is going to be challenging having to make major changes both on and off the pitch at the same time at the club, and hopefully the club recognised that when they embarked on this new era under Vieira and he is given the opportunity to make something happen.

Whilst not off to the best start at Selhurst Park, Vieira is certainly doing better compared to the last time the club went in a totally different direction and appointed Frank de Boer, who was pointless and goalless when they decided to part company with him back in 2017, so barring anything disastrous, he shouldn’t be in trouble just yet.

If they can just survive the first season, then the groundwork will be pretty set for the next few years with the chance to invest once again next summer, but Vieira has to be given the time to prove that his methods can work rather than tossed aside at the first sign of trouble like De Boer was.

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