Photo: Alan Pardew confirmed at Crystal Palace, holds team shirt

Alan Pardew

The former Newcastle manager has agreed to move back to the club he served as a player and will be tasked with avoiding relegation.

Crystal Palace have confirmed that Alan Pardew has been named as the club’s new manager.

The 53-year-old, who played for the Selhurst Park outfit for four years as a player, has taken over at the London side after Neil Warnock’s sacking.

Pardew had a tumultuous time as Newcastle manager, experiencing the achievement of finishing fifth but also suffering at the hands of the St James’ Park faithful’s frustrations at the lack of recent progress.

Palace chairman Steve Parish has confirmed that negotiations with Newcastle to allow Pardew to leave the North East have been successful and that he is delighted to have landed his man.

"We wanted a manager with a great track record and proven experience in the Barclays Premier League,” he told the club’s official website.

“In Alan we have both these things as well as a man who has great affection for this club.”

Alan Pardew

Pardew has stated that he is delighted to be taking over at Palace and is looking forward to the challenge that lies ahead.

"I am absolutely delighted to be the new manager of Crystal Palace,” he stated.

“Everyone knows my history here, what's important now is to move the club to the next level.

“I believe with the backing of Steve and the board I can help achieve that and create some new exciting history for the club.”

Palace are currently in 18th place and face a real fight to avoid relegation back to the Championship.

The London side are preparing to take on Dover Athletic in the FA Cup tomorrow.

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