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Kemp Joins Coaching Staff

10 January 2014

Crystal Palace Football Club are pleased to confirm the addition of David Kemp to Tony Pulis’ backroom staff.

The pair have been re-united at Selhurst Park having previously worked together at Stoke City, Portsmouth and Plymouth Argyle.  

Kemp’s appointment as the Eagles’ new Technical Coach sees him return to SE25 having spent three seasons at Palace as a player between 1974 and 1977, where he featured 44 times and scored 16 goals.

Further stints in England with Portsmouth, Carlisle and Plymouth Argyle followed, before a move to the USA, where he turned out for the likes of Edmonton Drillers, Seattle Sounders and Oklahoma City Stampede.

Having hung up his boots in 1984, Kemp eventually returned to Plymouth as manager between 1990 and 1992 and also spent time in charge of Slough Town and Oxford United. 

The 60-year-old worked with Pulis for the first time at Portsmouth, when he was appointed first team coach in December 1999.

He joined Stoke City in the same capacity in August 2004 and followed Pulis to Plymouth Argyle the following year as his assistant. 

Kemp remained in this role at Home Park under Ian Holloway, but eventually returned to Stoke with Pulis in October 2006, where he initially served as chief scout, before being appointed as assistant manager when Peter Reid departed the Britannia Stadium in July 2010. 

He left the Potters alongside Pulis at the end of 2012/13 season, but is now back in work with his former boss at Selhurst Park.  

Speaking on the appointment, Pulis said: "David has a wealth of experience in the Premier League and will be a fantastic addition to the coaching team here at Crystal Palace Football Club.

"We've worked together for many years and have the same philosophy on tactics and work ethic. I know the staff and players at Palace will enjoy working with David and he will join us on the bench at Spurs tomorrow."

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