Crystal Palace were led to Premier League survival last season by Tony Pulis, with the former Stoke City boss producing a miraculous turnaround to keep the Eagles up. Pulis was expected to help Palace progress this season, but just two days before the start of the new campaign, the Welshman left Selhurst Park following a disagreement with chairman Steve Parish over transfer funds.
Despite the likes of Steve Clarke, Malky Mackay and Tim Sherwood being linked with the job, Parish chose to bring back former boss Neil Warnock. The 65-year-old spent almost three years in charge of the Eagles between 2007 and 2010, winning 36% of his games in the hotseat before being re-appointed in August.
Warnock may have already added to his squad with Ezekiel Fryers, James McArthur, Wilfried Zaha, Kevin Doyle and Andrew Johnson all arriving, but he's yet to fully assemble his coaching staff. Ronnie Jepson has reunited with Warnock at Selhurst Park, and now long-term associate Kevin Blackwell is also heading to South London.
Blackwell - also a former Leeds United manager, as Warnock is - has had a long affiliation with Warnock having played under him at Scarborough, Notts County, Torquay United, Huddersfield Town and Plymouth Argyle, as well as having coached alongside him at Bury and Sheffield United.
With Palace in need of a consultant since Gerry Francis left the role in light of Pulis' departure, Warnock has confirmed that Blackwell will join his staff in that role.
"Kevin was at Everton on Thursday night and met up with us on Friday to talk about them," said Warnock. "He knows the game and came down at half-time to say our two midfield players were too deep."
"Kevin knows the game. It might only be one thing I’ve not noticed that he triggers off for me. It is another viewpoint - sometimes you get too close on the touchline and miss the odd thing," he added.