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Patrick Vieira's relaxed nature at Crystal Palace was costly before he was sacked

Crystal Palace found difficulty in reaching Patrick Vieira on Thursday - perhaps he knew what was coming.

Just hours after the defeat to Brighton on Wednesday night, the initial silence from Vieira was deafening. Truth be told it was rather irritating, too.

The original plan was for Vieira to be in charge for Arsenal on Sunday before discussing his future in the international break.

Those talks would likely have led to his dismissal anyway. People in positions of power at Selhurst Park have been hugely disappointed with how the team have performed in recent weeks.