London - Alan Pardew on Saturday was confirmed as Crystal Palace's new manager
after being released from his contract at Newcastle United.
statement on Palace's official website read: "Crystal Palace Football
Club is pleased to announce the appointment of Alan Pardew as the club's
new manager after signing a three-and-a-half-year contract."
spent four years in charge of Newcastle, but he was never a favourite
with many of the Tyneside club's fans and eventually jumped at the
chance of returning to Palace, where he spent four years as a player.
53-year-old replaces Neil Warnock, who was sacked last Saturday, four
months into his second spell in charge, with Palace third from bottom of
the English Premier League and facing a battle against relegation.
then a blond-haired midfield player, played for Palace between 1987 and
1991, notably scoring the winning goal in a 4-3 victory over Liverpool
in the 1990 FA Cup semi-finals.
"I am absolutely delighted to be
the new manager of Crystal Palace," said Pardew, who becomes Palace's
fourth permanent manager in less than 18 months.
"Everyone knows my history here. What's important now is to move the club to the next level.
believe with the backing of Steve (Parish) and the board I can help
achieve that and create some new exciting history for the club."
chairman Parish said: "We wanted a manager with a great track record
and proven experience in the Barclays Premier League.
"In Alan we
have both these things as well as a man who has great affection for this
club and shares my determination to take us to the next level."
66, returned to Palace following Tony Pulis's departure on the eve of
the campaign, but was sacked after only six months.
named the Premier League's Manager of the Year for steering Palace clear
of relegation last season, but left in August after falling out with
the club's hierarchy over transfer policy.
He was appointed manager of West Bromwich Albion earlier this week.
currently 10th in the Premier League table, were the first to announce
Pardew's departure in a statement that read: "Newcastle United can
confirm that Alan Pardew has been released from his contract in order to
be installed as the new manager of Crystal Palace."
coach John Carver and first-team coach Steve Stone were due to take
charge of Newcastle for their FA Cup third-round game at Leicester City
later on Saturday.
Newcastle added: "The search for a head coach has begun and an announcement will follow in due course."
on his time at St James' Park, during which Newcastle finished 12th,
fifth, 16th and 10th in the Premier League, Pardew said: "It's been a
privilege to manage Newcastle United.
"I want to thank my captain,
Fabricio Coloccini, and all the players, John Carver, Steve Stone,
(goalkeeping coach) Andy Woodman and all the staff, all of whom have
been outstanding servants to Newcastle United.
"A special thanks
also goes to the fans for all their support over the last four years. I
must also thank (owner) Mike Ashley and the board for their unwavering
support during my tenure at the club."