Alan Pardew

03 Jan 2015

PARDEW JOINS PALACE

Crystal Palace have appointed Alan Pardew as their new manager.

Pardew was given permission by Newcastle to speak to the London side after the two clubs agreed compensation on Monday.

The 53-year-old replaces Neil Warnock, who was sacked last Saturday four months into his second spell in charge.

Palace officially announced Pardew's appointment on Saturday after his release from his Newcastle contract was confirmed.

Pardew was in the stands as Palace claimed a goalless draw at Aston Villa on New Year's Day, a result that kept the Selhurst Park club in the relegation zone.

He leaves Newcastle with the Tyneside club sitting 10th in the Premier League. The compensation package demanded by Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has not been disclosed.

After becoming Magpies manager in December 2010, former Reading, West Ham, Southampton and Charlton boss Pardew guided United to a fifth-placed finish in the Premier League in 2012.

Palace caretaker boss Keith Millen says Pardew has been helping to prepare the team for Sunday's FA Cup third-round tie against Conference side Dover Athletic.

"Alan has held a staff meeting when he spoke about a number of things," Millen said on Friday. "He spoke to the players and then we had training.

"We're preparing for the game on Sunday and I'm sure Alan will be taking the game. He'll be taking training on Saturday."

Millen has been in charge of Palace since the sacking of Warnock a week ago.