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.
Chairman Steve Parish welcomes the former Palace midfielder back to Selhurst Park. "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."
Commenting on his new role, Pardew said, "I am absolutely delighted to be the new manager of Crystal Palace. Everyone knows my history here, what's important now is to move the club to the next level. I believe with the backing of Steve and the board I can help achieve that and create some new exciting history for the club.
Crystal Palace would like to put on record their thanks to Newcastle United Football Club, in particular Mike Ashley, for their co-operation throughout the negotiations.
During his playing career at Crystal Palace, Alan played 128 times, seeing promotion in 1989 and reaching the FA Cup Final in 1990.
In his management career Alan led Reading and West Ham United to promotion, and since taking over Newcastle in 2010, he has had four successful seasons including being named manager of the year after finishing in 5th place.
Alan will take charge of the team for the FA Cup tie on Sunday against Dover Athletic, after watching the team at Villa Park on New Year's Day.
The first exclusive interview with Alan will be available to watch from 10am this morning at cpfc.co.uk