Crystal Palace have today appointed the former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira to succeed Roy Hodgson as their manager, following a lengthy recruitment process that saw the club spend the majority of the past six weeks looking to hire Hodgson's replacement.
"We have a lot to do to prepare in the coming weeks and I look forward to working closely with Patrick and Dougie in bringing in some new faces to help us all to a successful season."
New boss Vieira added: "I am really excited to have this opportunity to return to the Premier League, and manage this great football club, as we begin a new chapter together.
"It is a project that is really appealing to me, having spoken a lot with the Chairman and Sporting Director about their ambition and plans for the whole club, including the Academy. The club has fantastic foundations in place after many years in the Premier League, and I hope we can make further improvements and continue to drive the club forward.
"I am also very excited to experience the atmosphere the club’s supporters make at Selhurst Park and away from home too, and I know just how important that can be for the team."