Crystal Palace fire manager Patrick Viera

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Patrick Viera was fired as Crystal Palace boss this week

Crystal Palace has sacked its manager Patrick Vieira after just 20 months in charge following a slump of results that has seen the club drop to within three points of the relegation zone.

“It is with enormous regret that this difficult decision has been made,” Palace Chairman Steve Parish said, with the club three points above the relegation zone and without a league win this year.

Viera in his heydays as an Arsenal player

“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,” said the club.

Vieira’s last match in charge of Palace was a 1-0 loss to rivals Brighton, the fourth successive game in which the south London club have failed to score.

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Palace failed to register a shot on target in three consecutive games against Aston Villa, Manchcester City and Liverpool – becoming the first Premier League to do so since Opta started recording data in 2003.

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