Vieira the latest champion to manage in Premier League

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Patrick Vieira

It takes more than talent to become a title-winning Premier League player; it also requires character, tactical intelligence and communication skills.

These are qualities that also make a good manager, so Patrick Vieira is well suited to return to the Premier League in his new role as Crystal Palace‘s manager.

Indeed, the Arsenal legend is the 15th Premier League champion who has gone on to manage in the competition.

Having captained the Gunners to the title on three occasions, the Premier League Hall of Fame nominee will put his experience to use at Selhurst Park.

Vieira’s first day at Palace

But it has not been easy for these champions to translate success as a Premier League player into a long and successful managerial career in the competition.

Only five of the title-winners have overseen 50 Premier League matches as a manager or head coach.

In mid-January this season, Vieira could be in the top eight for the most matches in charge, above his former Arsenal team-mates Remi Garde, Tony Adams and Freddie Ljungberg.

Champions who have become managers
ManagerTitles as playerClubs Matches Pts/match
Steve Bruce3BIR, WIG, SUN, HUL, NEW4681.1
Mark Hughes2BLB, MCI, FUL, QPR, STK, SOU4661.3
Bryan Robson2MID, WBA2541.1
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer6CAR, MUN1151.7
Frank Lampard3CHE571.7
Roy Keane7SUN531.0
Tim Sherwood1TOT, AVL451.4
Remi Garde1AVL210.6
Mike Phelan1HUL200.7
Paul Ince2BLB170.8
Tony Adams2POR160.7
Alan Shearer1NEW80.6
Freddie Ljungberg2ARS51.00
Ryan Giggs13MUN41.8

Steve Bruce, a three-time title-winner as a Manchester United defender, has bucked the trend and is on course to take charge of his 500th Premier League match this season with Newcastle United.

No man has won the Premier League title as both a player and a manager, but perhaps Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has the best chance of doing so, having led Man Utd to second last season.

French connection

Vieira also becomes the Premier League’s eighth French manager, following in the footsteps of his former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

France are now joint-sixth for representation among managers in Premier League history, level with the Netherlands behind England, Scotland, Italy, Spain and Wales.

Premier League’s French managers
Arsene WengerARS8282.0
Gerard HoullierLIV, AVL2611.7
Claude PuelSOU, LEI941.2
Jean TiganaFUL711.2
Remi GardeAVL210.6
Alain PerrinPOR200.9
Jacques SantiniTOT111.2

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