The US-owned club announced on Sunday that former France captain Patrick Vieira has been appointed coach of Strasbourg in the French Ligue 1 on a three-year deal.

As a result of Strasbourg finishing two places and five points above the relegation zone, Vieira succeeds Frederic Antonetti, who was sacked early last week.

He fits the description of the manager we were searching for someone with international experience who also has a solid understanding of Ligue 1 and its up-and-coming players.

The BlueCo group, fronted by Chelsea owner Todd Boehly and US-based Clearlake Capital, purchased a controlling share in the Alsace club on June 22.

Vieira represented France 107 times, captaining the team 21 times, and won the World Cup in 1998 and the Euros in 2000.

He has previously held the position of head coach at New York City FC, Nice, and Crystal Palace. He stated that he was "particularly happy" to take over in Strasbourg.

 I am aware of the club's identity and history, the enthusiasm it inspires, and the significance it holds for the football-crazy region in which it is located, said Vieira.

As a coach, it's fantastic to be able to create something while depending on the principles that have made the team successful.

Crystal Palace sacked Patrick Vieira in March

Vieira has been without a club since being let go by Crystal Palace in March.

He guided the team to 12th place in 2021–2022, but this spring, with the team hovering barely above the relegation zone and on a 12-game losing streak, he was fired.

Crystal Palace has gone three Premier League games without managing a shot on target, which is the first time since the statistic's inception in 2003-04.