Alan Smith is vastly experienced within the game who was most recently a football consultant with Middlesbrough.
Smith previously managed Crystal Palace and guided the club to the semi-finals of the League Cup during his time in charge.
His left Palace nine months in his second spell at the Selhurst Park helm having replaced his good friend, Steve Coppell, in the Palace hot seat.
His first tenure in charge of the Eagles proved to be a rollercoaster ride as, after leading the march to the Division One title in 1994, he was unable to prevent them from relegation from the Premiership.
He left Palace that season and spent a year in charge of Wycombe Wanderers, replacing Martin O'Neill.
After Wycombe, Alan occupied the post of Academy Director at Fulham, but the challenge of reviving the flagging Eagles was too great to resist and he returned to Selhurst Park for his second stint as Palace boss in August 2000, again replacing Coppell who was in his fourth spell as manager.
Alan led his side to the semi-finals of the Worthington Cup in 2001. Palace were then unfortunate to lose to Liverpool at Anfield having beaten The Reds in the first-leg of their semi-final.
In July 2009, Smith then joined Middlesbrough as a consultant to Gareth Southgate. He then left the club in October 2009, following Southgate's departure from the club.