Former Man Utd midfielder listed among those in the running to be next Crystal Palace manager

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Patrick Vieira was sacked as manager of the Eagles on Friday morning.

Former Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick is listed as having an outside chance of becoming the next Crystal Palace manager.

The Eagles are on the lookout for a new boss after dismissing Patrick Vieira on Friday, just a few days before the Premier League clash against Arsenal. In a statement the club said: “Crystal Palace Football Club can confirm that Patrick Vieira has left his post as First Team Manager.

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“The process to appoint a new manager is underway, and we will provide an update in due course. Dean Kiely will remain as goalkeeping coach.”

Chairman Steve Parish said: “It is with enormous regret that this difficult decision has been made. 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.

The search for a new boss could see Carrick return to the Premier League. The ex-midfielder is doing a fantastic job at Middlesbrough in his first full-time role in coaching, having taken over briefly last season at Old Trafford following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Boro are currently third in the Championship and are just six points behind Sheffield United in the automatic promotion spots. Indeed, it seems the possibility of Carrick managing in the Premier League next season with Middlesbrough have pushed him to the margins of the betting odds.

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PaddyPower are offering odds of 14/1 that Carrick takes over at Selhurst Park, although some bookmakers have the price as short as 4/1.

But the early favourites appear to be former top-flight managers Rafael Benitez, Ralph Hasenhuttl and Nuno Espirito Santo. After sacking one of the Premier League’s greatest midfielders, Palace could appoint another, with Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard in the running, according to the bookies. Carlos Corberan and Ange Postecoglou are also seen as possible contenders.

Favourites to be next Palace manager

Rafael Benitez- 10/3, Ralph Hasenhuttl- 5/1.Nuno Espirito Santo- 6/1, Carlos Corberan- 9/1, Steven Gerrard- 10/1, Frank Lampard- 10/1, Alan Pardew- 11/1, Ange Postecoglou- 11/1, Michael Carrick- 14/1

Odds correct at the time of writing

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