Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira sacked Crystal Palace coach Sean Derry for 'overstepping role after dressing room rant' | The Sun

CRYSTAL PALACE boss Patrick Vieira sacked first team coach Sean Derry for reportedly "overstepping his roles and responsibilities" during a passionate dressing room rant.

Derry, 45, who captained Palace as a player, was relieved of his duties earlier this week after more than three years as a coach at the club.

Arsenal legend Vieira confirmed his departure during a pre-match press conference ahead of their game with Man Utd on Saturday.

He said: "This is the decision that I made. I can confirm he [Derry] is not a part of the staff.

"I don’t want to go into details but, of course, he was an important figure, he played [for the club], he was the captain here. I don’t want to go into details. He’s been good to this club."

According to The Athletic, Derry's exit was the result of a clash of styles when it came to man-management.


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This was typified by Derry's furious rant at the players following their 3-0 defeat to Everton in October.

He is said to have berated the team, imploring them to display the required passion and pride needed to play for the club he spent five years representing.

By contrast, Vieira is known to adopt a calmer approach with his squad – all while maintaining discipline in his own way.

And the Palace boss also sees the job of handling the players as one for him and assistant Osian Roberts.

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It was that difference in approach and conflict between roles which is understood to have led to Palace and Derry parting ways.

Derry played more than 200 games for the Eagles across two stints between 2002 and 2010.

He dipped his toe in management from 2013 to 2018, taking charge of Notts County and Cambridge United.

Derry then returned to Palace in 2019, taking up an academy role with the club.

He was promoted to a position with the senior side in 2021, shortly after Vieira took over from Roy Hodgson.

Palace sit 12th in the Premier League table, seven points clear of the relegation zone and five adrift of the top half.

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