Patrick Vieira could forge a long management career, says assistant Osian Roberts


Crystal Palace assistant Osian Roberts admits being a top player could open the door for a managerial job but feels Patrick Vieira qualified to enjoy a long coaching career.

The Eagles face Manchester United on Sunday, but the fixture will not see the two former Premier League greats go head-to-head after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked last month, while Michael Carrick who had been a caretaker, left the club following the arrival of interim boss Ralf Rangnick.

Before Roberts moved to Selhurst Park in the summer, much of his professional career in the sport was spent working for the Football Association of Wales in a variety of roles, some of which included teach the next generation of coaches on the FAW Professional License course.

Vieira, current Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Thierry Henry is one of the best players of the English top flight to have graduated from the training program, aside from Chris Coleman and Roberto Martinez, but Palace number two says a great playing career only takes you for now.

“It gives them the first six games,” Roberts said at Friday’s press conference ahead of his trip to Old Trafford.

“When they walk into the room, they have that temperament and personality. The players will look at them, but after a very short period of time, the players will decide if the former great is coachable.

“You have to win their respect from a completely different angle. You have their respect for what you did as a player, but then you have to earn their respect as a coach and manager. The best will of course succeed at doing that, but that’s a whole different game.

“It gives you an opportunity, it opens the door that perhaps gives you a chance and a short door. During that time, you must earn respect again, and show and convince the players that you can lead them as a team to success. “

Roberts appeared to face the media on Friday after Palace coach Vieira had to deal with an “urgent family matter”, but the former Arsenal captain will take charge of the team this weekend.

The pair are working together for the first time at Selhurst Park this season, but their relationship goes back to the UEFA Pro License course, where the current Eagles boss immediately set his eyes on it.

Patrick no ego, very humble and willing to accept that he is not going anywhere based on the fact that he is a top player,” added Roberts.

“He knew he had to re-educate himself from the point of view of being a coach and a manager and he did it very hard. He is very serious, detailed and thorough, and so he is a pleasure to work with.

“He didn’t leave any stones behind and his playing days are not something he talks about. He doesn’t talk to the players and say ‘this is what I used to do’, that door is closed and he sees himself as pure, 100% a manager.

“I’m happy. I’ve seen him work and visited him in Nice, so I’m happy with how he’s developed as a coach and manager. I think hopefully he He will stay for the long haul as he has a lot to offer the game as a manager.”

Palace need to assess Joachim Andersen (hamstring) before Sunday’s game but will certainly be without Joel Ward, Nathan Ferguson and James McArthur. Patrick Vieira could forge a long management career, says assistant Osian Roberts


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