Britain's not really a Christian country anymore i mean the Churches are more or less empty still guys like Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole do often cross themselves.Does anyone know if Patrick Vieira is Muslim??.
Crystal Palace have appointed Patrick Vieira to succeed Roy Hodgson as the Premier League club's manager.
The former Arsenal captain emerged as Palace's preferred candidate after a lengthy process since Hodgson announced he was leaving the club on 18 May.
The 45-year-old Frenchman has signed a three-year contract with the Eagles, who finished 14th last season.
"I am really excited to have this opportunity to return to the Premier League," said Vieira.
"It is a project that is really appealing to me, having spoken a lot with the chairman [Steve Parish] and sporting director [Dougie Freedman] 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."
Everton's wretched season continued as fans booed Rafael Benitez's decision to substitute Richarlison during another defeat at Crystal Palace.
Demarai Gray's poor pass let in Jordan Ayew who found Conor Gallagher to sweep home his fifth Premier League goal since joining from Chelsea on loan at the start of the season.
At 1-0, manager Benitez replaced Brazil forward Richarlison - who was clearly unhappy to go off - with Salomon Rondon, which provoked an angry reaction from the travelling fans at Selhurst Park.
Four minutes later, James Tomkins made it 2-0 from close range following a corner by Will Hughes, who was making his first start since joining Palace in August.
Rondon's first goal for Everton gave Benitez's side hope but Gallagher's wonderful finish from outside the box in the closing moments secured a thoroughly deserved win that lifts Palace above the Toffees into 12th spot in the Premier League table.
Palace were the more threatening team, with Jordan Pickford forced to save from Ayew and Wilfried Zaha before England midfielder Gallagher struck in the closing stages of the first half.
Everton have won 10 points from losing positions this season but were unable to avoid a fourth defeat in five games and face a daunting return to London on Thursday to take on third-placed Chelsea at Stamford Bridge (19:45 GMT).
Monday's late win over Arsenal helped alleviate some pressure on Benitez but there was no mistaking the whistles and jeers when he opted to replace Richarlison with Rondon shortly before the hour mark.
Richarlison, who had just 10 touches, shook his head as he slowly walked off the pitch before slumping into a seat in the dugout.
Everton, who have lost four in a row away from home, actually played their most threatening football with the number seven off the pitch.
After Rondon pulled a goal back from close range, Andros Townsend had an attempt deflected narrowly wide against his former club.
Then Anthony Gordon went for goal instead of passing, with Palace keeper Vicente Guaita denying the substitute before Gallagher produced a sumptuous finish in the 93rd minute to seal Everton's eighth league defeat of the season.
At the age of 21, Gallagher has played more minutes for England than for parent club Chelsea after coming on as a substitute in the 10-0 walkover against San Marino last month.
He has forced his way into England boss Gareth Southgate's thinking because of the type of sharp, inventive performance he produced against lacklustre Everton.
Gallagher was at the heart of everything that was good about Palace's first win since 6 November and, while he has yet to make a senior appearance for Chelsea, he now has six top-flight goals to his name from midfield this season.
n addition he has three assists in the Premier League and has been directly involved in 41% of Palace's goals this season.
Palace went into this game on the back of three successive defeats but Patrick Vieira's side were bright and breezy throughout.
They had 17 attempts - with six on target - and controlled the match with a passing accuracy of 396 compared to Everton's 211.
With Southampton arriving at Selhurst Park on Wednesday on the back of a 3-0 defeat at Arsenal, Palace could end the week in the top half of the table.
Conor Gallagher rated 9.05 out of 10 on the BBC tracker, an usually high score!
When it comes to discussing the best signings of the season, Conor Gallagher's name has surely got to be in the mix.
The 21-year-old was farmed out on loan by Chelsea, where he has yet to make a senior appearance, to Crystal Palace for experience at the start of the campaign.
Not only has Gallagher become a cult hero among Palace fans, he has also forced his way into the England team.
Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate, a former Palace favourite, will have marvelled at Gallagher's second goal from outside the box which sealed the points in a 3-1 win over Everton on Sunday.
It was his second of the match and sixth of the season.
So what does the future hold for Gallagher - and what are the pundits saying about this incredible talent?
<b>Six goals and three assists - impact player</b>
Not only has Gallagher scored six times in a Palace shirt, he's also provided three assists for his team-mates.
Indeed, his nine direct goal involvements in the Premier League this term are the most of any player currently 21 or under.
Look a little closely and Gallagher has been directly involved in 41% of Palace's goals in the Premier League - the highest proportion for a team by any English player in the competition this term.
And his work-rate has been impressive. The 11.2km he covered against Everton was the most of any Palace player, as were his 20 sprints and 347 intensive runs.
"Whoever brought him to this football club deserves an award," former Palace striker Clinton Morrison told BBC Radio 5 Live.
Talking about his wonder goal in the 93rd minute past Jordan Pickford, Morrison added: "What a finish. He wins the ball, the bend into the top corner past England's number one is fantastic, this kid's a big, big player for Crystal Palace."
This is Gallagher's fourth loan spell in three years while a Chelsea player.
The midfielder scored six times for Charlton Athletic in 2019-20 before temporarily joining their Championship rivals Swansea City in the same season.
Gallagher, who turns 22 in February, got his first taste of top-flight action with West Brom last season, but it is at Palace where he is really making a name for himself.
Against Everton he was sharp, inventive and at the heart of everything that was good about Palace's first win since 6 November.
"I love it here," Gallagher said afterwards.
"Hearing the fans sing my name is a great feeling for me and gives me confidence, which is amazing for a player.
"Hopefully I can continue to impress them. I always give my all and I try to affect the game as much as I can."
In total, Gallagher has scored eight goals and provided five assists in 45 appearances in England's top flight.
<b>Will Gallagher stay at Selhurst Park?</b>
His loan agreement is until the end of the season when he is due to return to Chelsea and has a Blues contract until 2025.
Gallagher has played more minutes for England than for parent club Chelsea after coming on as a substitute in the 10-0 World Cup walkover against San Marino last month.
His Palace boss Patrick Vieira, a World Cup-winning midfielder with France in 1998, was asked about the prospect of signing the player permanently.
"We don't think about what will happen in the future. We have him for a year and we are pleased to work with him," he said.
"It's a win-win. We'll see what happens at the end of the season."
Vieira said Gallagher was a work in progress and there was more to come from him.
"He'll need to manage his strength and find out the best way to manage his energy," he added.
"He's a fantastic player to have. He gives everything to the team and he can score goals. To have a midfielder who can score 10-15 goals is important."
In his BBC Sport Column, former Tottenham player Garth Crooks says Gallagher would be making a "terrible mistake" if he stayed at Chelsea.
"The only problem with this is he is either going to cost Patrick Vieira too much money to buy - or worse he stays at Chelsea, which in my view would be a terrible mistake by the player," he adds.
Michael Olise's dramatic injury-time strike gave Crystal Palace a first Premier League away win of the season as they beat West Ham.
With practically the last kick of the game he curled in a shot from the edge of the box which took a huge deflection off Aaron Cresswell and flew into the top corner.
The result ended West Ham's six-game winning home run in all competitions. This was the first time they dropped points at home since August.
West Ham led when Said Benrahma marked his 100th appearance for the club with a powerful strike from outside the box.
That goal came slightly against the run of play, but Wilfried Zaha drilled in an equaliser for Palace after good work from Eberechi Eze.
The Hammers were awarded a penalty with 10 minutes to go with Marc Guehi making minimal contact with Michail Antonio - although that decision was overturned after a video assistant referee review.
Antonio wasted a good attack late on when his poor cross was caught by Vicente Guaita and seconds later Olise won the game for Palace.
Patrick Vieira's Palace are ninth, five points above West Ham in 15th.
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Palace finally get their reward
The visitors created plenty of chances to win this match but it looked as if it was never going to come. The only away win they had managed this season until now was at Oxford in the Carabao Cup.
But then Olise was the hero in the fourth minute of injury time with a fortuitous deflected goal. In one of those quirks of football, this was his first Premier League goal since netting in the last minute against the same opposition on New Year's Day - although that was a defeat.
Extra frustrating for West Ham is the fact Antonio could have helped set up a winner - or take the ball to the corner - seconds earlier.
Eze had a few chances to score early on, forcing a save from Lukasz Fabianski with a free-kick and firing two shots wide, as well as dragging two shots wide.
This was probably his last chance to impress boss Gareth Southgate, who names his World Cup squad on Thursday.
He did well for the Eagles equaliser though, taking the ball off Thilo Kehrer, who struggled to control Craig Dawson's overhit pass, before feeding Zaha to score.
That was Zaha's first away goal at West Ham in nine attempts.
His goal was a welcome relief after Benrahma's opener against the run of play following Palace's good start. That one was set up by Lucas Paqueta on his return from a collarbone injury.
Dawson almost accidentally won the game for Palace as he blocked a cross with his keeper Fabianski doing well to keep it out.
West Ham did not create enough clear-cut chances after that to make it seven home wins in a row for the first time since 1999.
In fact, Palace keeper Vicente Guaita only made one save all day - to deny Kehrer in the second half.
They did think they were going to have a chance to win it when Antonio ran from halfway before feeling a slight bit of contact from Guehi's arm and going theatrically down.
Referee Paul Tierney pointed to the spot, but realised his mistake when he saw the incident again on the screen.
And then Olise struck from Zaha's pass.
This game came just three days after West Ham played in Romania in the Europa Conference League, a 3-0 win at FCSB, but with 11 changes made it would be hard to blame that for this performance.
Still need to bolster the midfield with a Connor Gallagher style player, a striker, and most likely a right back.
With Zaha's future not 100%, will definitely need a replacement for him too, in terms of impact on the team. Although, It would be nice to see Palace make it into Europe and Zaha see's out his career with them.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Crystal Palace have agreed terms with Roy Hodgson — he will return to the club as new head coach to replace Patrick Vieira ������ <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CPFC?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#CPFC</a><br><br>Hodgson will sign until the end of the season. <a href="https://t.co/CeoJTCQtuh">pic.twitter.com/CeoJTCQtuh</a></p>— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) <a href="https://twitter.com/FabrizioRomano/status/1637958402738454531?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 20, 2023</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Former England manager Roy Hodgson has been reappointed as Crystal Palace boss until the end of the season.
Patrick Vieira, who replaced Hodgson at Selhurst Park in July 2021, was sacked by Palace on Friday after a 12-match winless run in all competitions.
Hodgson, 75, managed Watford from January to May 2022, leaving after they were relegated to the Championship.
"It is a privilege to be asked to return to the club, which has always meant so much to me," said Hodgson.
"Our sole objective now is to start winning matches, and to get the points necessary to ensure our Premier League status."
Hodgson had said he did not expect to take another managerial job in the Premier League after his departure from Watford.
Ray Lewington also returns to Palace as first-team coach with Paddy McCarthy, who took charge of Sunday's 4-1 defeat at Arsenal, named assistant manager.
"I would like to welcome Roy and Ray back to the club," said Palace chairman Steve Parish.
"We are obviously in a very challenging period but we believe that Roy's and Ray's experience, knowledge of the club and players, alongside Paddy can help fulfil the immediate requirement of keeping us in the league."
Absolutely bizarre stuff. Ok so sack Vieira, it was a bad run of results, but it’s a giant leap backwards with Hodgson as the replacement. He is way too old to manage at this level now — he was already complaining about the workload and his health issues when he took Watford down last year — he was never known for fluid attacking football and the problem at Palace is scoring goals. What exactly is he being brought in to do? It doesn’t make sense.