It takes more than talent to become a title-winning Premier League player; it also requires character, tactical intelligence and communication skills.
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.
Champions who have become managers
|Manager||Titles as player||Clubs||Matches||Pts/match|
|Steve Bruce||3||BIR, WIG, SUN, HUL, NEW||468||1.1|
|Mark Hughes||2||BLB, MCI, FUL, QPR, STK, SOU||466||1.3|
|Bryan Robson||2||MID, WBA||254||1.1|
|Ole Gunnar Solskjaer||6||CAR, MUN||115||1.7|
|Tim Sherwood||1||TOT, AVL||45||1.4|
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.
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
|Gerard Houllier||LIV, AVL||261||1.7|
|Claude Puel||SOU, LEI||94||1.2|