Cape Town - Neil
Warnock has returned to Crystal Palace as manager to fill the vacancy
created by the departure of Tony Pulis, the Premier League club
have announced on Wednesday.
Warnock, who previously managed Palace
between 2007 and 2010, takes over after Pulis abruptly left Selhurst
Park on the eve of the season amid reports of a disagreement with
co-chairman Steve Parish.
"Crystal Palace are delighted to
announce that Neil Warnock has been appointed as their new first-team
manager with immediate effect," Palace announced on their official
"Neil has agreed a two-year deal and will lead the team this Saturday in our Premier League game at Newcastle United."
65, has not managed a club since leaving Leeds United in 2013, but he
emerged as a front-runner for the Palace post, alongside former West
Bromwich Albion manager Steve Clarke, after talks with Malky Mackay
Mackay looked poised to be appointed by Palace, but his
hopes were scuppered after reports emerged that he had exchanged
racist, sexist and homophobic text messages with colleague Iain Moody
when they worked at Cardiff City.
Moody had been employed as
Palace's sporting director, but he resigned after Cardiff sent a file
alleging misconduct to the Football Association.
Pulis was named
the Premier League's Manager of the Year after steering Palace from the
foot of the table to an 11th-place finish last season.
But he left
the club "by mutual consent" 48 hours before the start of the new
campaign after reportedly falling out with Parish over transfer targets.
who were promoted from the Championship in 2013, lost 2-1 at Arsenal on
the season's opening day before going down 3-1 at home to West Ham
United last weekend.
They won 3-0 at Watford in the League Cup second round on Tuesday, in Keith Millen's third game as caretaker coach.
led Palace to the Championship play-offs in his first season at the
helm in 2007-08, but left the club after financial problems saw the
south London club placed into administration in 2010.
well-travelled Yorkshireman subsequently spent two years at Queens Park
Rangers, guiding the club to promotion as Championship champions in
2011, before being sacked in January 2012.
He spent just over a year at Leeds before leaving in April 2013.