Former club captain, Paddy McCarthy, to manage Crystal Palace against Arsenal
Experienced coaching staff
Paddy McCarthy led first-team training this morning, and will manage the side against Arsenal on Sunday. The former club captain has a wealth of experience at Palace, having made over 150 appearances for the Eagles during his playing career. McCarthy has been working as the U21s Head Coach since 2018, and will now step up to manage the first team for their Premier League clash against Arsenal.
McCarthy will be joined by U21s Assistant Coach Darren Powell and goalkeeping coach Dean Kiely. Powell has been helping with first-team training in recent weeks, and has also taken charge of the U23s this season. Kiely, who played for Palace between 2006 and 2010, has been in his role as goalkeeping coach since 2018.
Crystal Palace U21s Host Arsenal
Crystal Palace U21s host Arsenal this afternoon (14:00 GMT), and the side will be managed by Academy Director Gary Issott. This match will be broadcast live on PalaceTV+. The U21s squad includes a number of promising young players, such as Rob Street and Nolan O’Neill, who could potentially push for first-team involvement under McCarthy’s stewardship.
The decision to appoint McCarthy as interim manager comes after the club parted ways with former boss Roy Hodgson earlier this week. Palace are currently 13th in the Premier League table, with just one win from their last five matches. The Eagles face a tough challenge against Arsenal, who are currently in 9th place, but will be hoping to pick up a positive result under McCarthy’s leadership.
A fresh start for Palace
McCarthy’s appointment marks a new chapter for Crystal Palace, as the club looks to build on their recent success and secure their Premier League status for another season. The former defender is highly regarded at Selhurst Park, and his experience as a player and coach could prove invaluable in the coming weeks and months.
The Eagles have a talented squad at their disposal, including the likes of Wilfried Zaha, Eberechi Eze, and Christian Benteke. With McCarthy at the helm, Palace will be hoping to play with more freedom and attacking intent, and to build on the solid foundations laid by Hodgson during his time in charge.
Overall, McCarthy’s appointment as interim manager is an exciting development for Crystal Palace, and one that could bring a renewed sense of optimism to the club. Fans will be eagerly anticipating the Arsenal game on Sunday, and looking forward to seeing how McCarthy and his coaching staff can harness the talent within the Eagles squad to achieve success on the pitch.