Patrick Vieira knows Crystal Palace won’t be spending crazy money this summer but believes the club are ready to be more ambitious.
he Eagles host Manchester United on the final day of the game, knowing that victory will give them a chance of a place in the first half of the Premier League.
It was a different story early in the campaign with Talk Palace after they let a number of older players go and saw veteran boss Roy Hodgson among the favorites for relegation last summer, but Vieira has comfortably kept them at the top of the bottom three.
Survival was rarely mentioned by the former Arsenal captain, who has enjoyed a fine first season as manager in England.
He believes Selhurst Park Club can aim high, although he is aware that chairman Steve Parish and sporting director Dougie Freedman will not hand over a huge war chest.
Viira said: “It’s not about spending crazy money because that doesn’t guarantee you success.
“What guarantees your success is having a clear vision and direction about what you want to achieve in the next few years and building that foundation step by step so you can grow as a team and grow higher step by step.
“What’s good here is you have the Chairman who has been here for years and is a real Palace person and you have Dougie who has been here for years. I think that kind of stability helps build a team.
“I think it’s a little bit of everything. It’s culture, it’s stability, and you’re going to need investment. All of these ingredients will help build something successful.”
Next season will be Palace’s 10th consecutive season in the Premier League, their longest run in the top flight.
Vieira feels the club can now aim for more than beating relegation, adding: “I’d like to change the mindset and approach.
“I think Palace have established themselves as a Premier League team because if you look at the last 10 years they’ve played in the Premier League so now it’s time to take a different approach.
“We need to change our minds and want to be more ambitious in our approach. Of course we have to keep working well on and off the field to have that kind of foundation so we can be more ambitious.
“We have a responsibility to strive for more, but it’s about how we build ourselves to get there.”
Another impressive transfer window will be crucial after Palace have had – in the words of chairman Parish – a “unique” summer in which they achieved every one of their goals.
Without huge sums of money, the Eagles must be as smart as they were when they signed Marc Guehi, Joachim Andersen and Michael Olise for a combined £42m.
“Today we’re building a really good foundation with players who have done really well in the Premier League,” said Vieira.
“Now it’s about finding the players that will help us take the next step. It can be one or two, but let’s not go from zero to 10.
“We have to go slow and be solid as a team to have that kind of stability with the players as well. That stability on the field is important to build something, so I think with the Marcs, the Joachims, the Tyricks (Mitchell) we still have the fundamentals that will help us be more successful.”
https://www.independent.ie/sport/soccer/patrick-vieira-wants-more-palace-ambition-as-club-approach-decade-in-top-flight-41674926.html Patrick Viira would like more Palace ambitions as the club nears the decade in the top flight