Pardew unveiled as new Crystal Palace boss

Crystal Palace have officially confirmed the appointment of Alan Pardew as their new manager, after he was formally released from his contract at Newcastle United, BBC Sport has reported.

The 53-year-old had been the main frontrunner for the vacancy since predecessor Neil Warnock was sacked after only four months of his second spell in charge, in the aftermath of the Boxing Day defeat at home to Southampton.

There had been delays over the announcement of Pardew’s arrival at Selhurst Park, as completing all of the paperwork took longer than expected after Palace agreed a compensation package with Newcastle, who Pardew managed for a little over four years, guiding them to fifth place in the 2011-12 season.

This time around, he leaves the Magpies 10th in the Premier League, while the Eagles are in the bottom three and in a fight for survival. However, Pardew is expected to be given strong backing by the supporters, as he spent his best years as a player at the South London club, and was part of the side that reached the FA Cup final in 1990.

Pardew was announced as manager on Saturday morning, having been in the stands for the game at Aston Villa on New Year’s Day. His first match in charge will be the FA Cup third round trip to Dover Athletic on Sunday.

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