This morning Crystal Palace have finally been able to finalise Alan Pardew as their new manager. the former Newcastle United boss quickly became their first choice after the departure of Neil Warnock and Newcastle agreed to a deal last night that would see him take over at Selhurst Park.
Pardew of course has prior with Palace. The new gaffer spent four years at the club as a player between 1987 and 1991, famously helping them to an FA Cup final against Manchester United back in 1990.
The Eagles fans are certainly pleased to have him back at the club, on a three-and-a-half year deal, including one former player.
John Bostock remains Palace's youngest ever player after making his debut aged 15. He remains an ardent supporter of the club, even though former chairman Simon Jordan 'tore up' his season ticket when he left for Tottenham Hotspur in 2008.
He appeared on Soccer AM this morning and was clearly pleased with the decision to give Pardew a crack at Selhurst Park:
"Yes it's good for the club, is he a legend? I think I am a bit too young to know what he was like when he was at the club really but I think it's good for the club him going back to a team he knows really well and I think he will do really well with the club."
As for Bostock, he is currently starring in the Belgian second tier for OH Leuven and in time he is surely likely to return to English football. When asked whether he would be interested in a return to Palace, he clearly hinted at a yes:
'It's the club I love. There's always a place for them in my heart and I follow their results. I wish them all the best and if the opportunity does come to go back there I would definitely, it would definitely be something I would look at. But I am just focussing on playing for Leuven, playing in Belgium. I am really growing and developing, I'm scoring more goals this year. Hopefully if I can keep progressing, you never know!"
Who knows, these two former Palace heroes may one day be leading the club to glory in the not so distant future.