The Mailbox is split on Vieira’s sacking, there’s joy in manager moaning, and Liverpool continue to be f***ed by the scheduling.
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I sent a mail in, back in August, predicting Crystal Palace would struggle this season. You didn’t publish it just as you haven’t published any of my (I’d like to think well written) criticisms of Vieira and Crystal Palace.
Vieira is basically massively overrated. His predecessor Roy Hodgson was also massively underrated. Hodgson may have bored people like Will Hughes and Jason Soutar, but Palace were never in danger of relegation under him, were they?
Hodgson officially retired after the end of the 2020/21 season, but we all know Palace fans wanted him gone by then thinking they could do better. He was pretty much forced out. Well, be careful what you wish for, Crystal Palace.
To be fair to Vieira recruitment, which I understand is the responsibility of Director of Football Dougie Freedman, has been poor this year. Conor Gallagher hasn’t been sufficiently replaced and a new attacker should have been bought (Eze and Olise are massively overrated, especially by F365). But Vieira was also never a ‘magnificent’ manager, he was never doing an ‘excellent’ job and he was never worthy of the Manager of the Year nomination which he got.
Fairwell Patrick, don’t kick any Everton fans on your way out.
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Mixed Vieira feelings
The sacking of Patrick Vieira at this stage of the season has left me with considerably mixed feelings.
It’s fair to say that things haven’t been going well lately, with few signs of improvement. Three consecutive defeats, four games without scoring, three games without a shot on target prior to the Brighton defeat, 12 games without a win (including the FA Cup defeat to Southampton), a single win in 16 competitive games and a failure to score twice in a game since New Year’s Eve. These are undoubtedly damning facts.
However, they also require some qualification. Prior to the international break, and including Sunday’s trip to Arsenal, the average position of the ten sides we faced is 5.3. It’s been a hellish run in which we faced seven of the top eight and Villa who are, obviously, much improved. Also, despite the unfortunate loss to Brighton, it was overall a very solid performance and one in which…
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