Patrick Vieira can forge a long career in management, says assistant Osian Roberts

Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira and assistant Osian Roberts (Nick Potts / PA) (PA Wire)

Crystal Palace assistant Osian Roberts admits being a top player can open doors for a management job, but feels Patrick vieira has the qualifications to enjoy a long coaching career.

The Eagles face Manchester United on Sunday, but the game will not see two former Premier League greats clash on the sideline following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking last month, while Michael carrick who had been a goalkeeper, left the club following the arrival of interim boss Ralf Rangnick.

Before Roberts moved to Selhurst Park this summer, most of his professional sports career had been spent working for the Football Association of Wales in a number of roles, including teaching the next generation of coaches during professional license from FAW.

Vieira, current Arsenal manager Mikel arteta and Thierry Henry are among the best of the English elite to have graduated from the training program, besides Chris Coleman and Roberto Martinez, but the Palace number two says a great playing career won’t get you far.

“That gives them maybe the first six games,” Roberts said in Friday’s press conference before the trip to Old Trafford.

“When they walk into the room, they have that aura and that personality. Players will admire them, but after a very short period of time players will decide whether this former great player can coach or not.

“You have to earn their respect from a totally different angle. You have their respect for what you’ve done as a player, but then you have to earn their respect as a coach and manager. The best will do it of course, but it’s a whole different game.

“It gives you a chance, it opens the door maybe to give you an opportunity and a short window.” During this window you must again earn respect and show and convince the players that you can lead them as a group to success.

Roberts stepped in to deal with the media on Friday after the Palace Vieira manager faced an “urgent family matter”, but the former Arsenal captain is expected to lead the squad this weekend.

The pair are working together for the first time at Selhurst Park this season, but their relationship dates back to during the UEFA professional license where the current Eagles boss immediately attracted attention.

Patrick had no ego, a lot of humility and was willing to accept that he wasn’t going anywhere based on the fact that he was a top player, ”added Roberts.

“He knew he had to re-educate himself from the point of view of becoming a coach and manager and he did it in a very studious way. He is very serious, detailed and thorough, and that is why it is a pleasure to work with him.

“He leaves no stone unturned and his playing days aren’t something he mentions. He doesn’t talk to the players and say ‘this is what I was doing’, that door has been closed and he considers himself 100% a manager.

“I am delighted. I saw him work and visited him in Nice, so I am delighted with the way he has developed as a coach and manager. I hope he will be there for a long time because he has so much to offer the game as a manager.

Palace are due to assess Joachim Andersen (hamstring) ahead of Sunday’s game but will be permanently without Joel Ward, Nathan Ferguson and James McArthur.

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