Crystal Palace confirmed on Friday that they had parted ways with head coach Patrick Vieira, with the club sitting just three points off the drop.
Palace’s low Premier League standing comes after Vieira oversaw a winless run of 12 matches, as the Eagles are still without a victory in 2023.
The south London club face immediate danger of relegation given the resurgence of teams towards the bottom, such as Everton and Bournemouth, as there are just five points separating Southampton in 20th and Palace in 12th.
“It is with enormous regret that this difficult decision has been made,” Palace chairman Steve Parish said in a statement.
“Ultimately, 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. Patrick has given his all to the club, and we all thank him and his team for their service.”