Crystal Palace look set to miss out on managerial target Patrick Vieira as they continue to search for Roy Hodgson’s successor.
What’s the story?
Vieira’s agent had told Italian outlet Il Secolo XIX that his client is in contention to takeover Serie A outfit Sampdoria.
Claudio Ranieri is set to walk away from the Stadio Luigi Ferraris following a successful two-year stint at the club, leaving the door open for Vieira to return to the dugout.
Fans will be gutted
The news that the former Arsenal star is likely to no longer be an option will surely leave Steve Parish gutted as it reduces the number of candidates that he can choose from.
After an impressive stint in charge of MLS side New York City, the 44-year-old Frenchman took control of Nice in his homeland.
Things started well for the World Cup winner with Les Aiglons, recording respectable seventh and sixth-place finishes in Ligue 1 in his first two campaigns at the club.
However, the wheels started to fall off last season, and Vieira was sacked after overseeing five consecutive defeats. The final straw coming via a 3-2 defeat by Bayer Leverkusen that confirmed their exit from the Europa League.
Nice were sitting in 11th position in the top-flight table at the time of his dismissal, and a win rate of 45% throughout his managerial career shows that the young tactician has the potential to have a successful career in the hot seat.
Palace, though, appear to be prioritising a move for former Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo. While that may seem a sensible and popular decision, competition from Premier League rivals Everton means that Eagles chairman Steve Parish needs to keep his options wide open.
With several top teams across the continent competing for the top managers, the capital club’s hierarchy need to move quickly in order to secure their top target.
Vieira would have been a strong candidate for the role, given his familiarity with English football and his strong showing at NYCFC and Nice, but Parish will have to move on with his search with another potential candidate now off the table.