According to THE GUARDIAN Crystal Palace have confirmed the appointment of Alan Pardew as manager on a three-and-a-half-year contract.
The announcement was eventually made on Saturday morning after Newcastle released Pardew from his contract on Tyneside, where he had spent more than four years in charge.
Pardew returns to a club he served for four years as a player and where he is remembered for scoring the winner in the 1990 FA Cup semi-final against Liverpool.
“I am absolutely delighted to be the new manager of Crystal Palace,” Pardew told the club’s official website. “Everyone knows my history here, what’s important now is to move the club to the next level. I believe with the backing of [chairman] Steve [Parish] and the board I can help achieve that and create some new exciting history for the club.”
Parish added: “We wanted a manager with a great track record and proven
experience in the 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.”
Pardew spent Friday getting his teeth into his new job, as lawyers finalised the small print on his contract at Palace.
It is understood that a compensation fee of around £3.5m was agreed with Newcastle. Pardew arrived at the club’s training ground in Beckenham at 8.30am and had meetings with the players and backroom staff.
He discussed transfer targets for January and Sunday’s FA Cup third-round tie at non-league Dover.
He left the training session to Keith Millen and the coach, Ben Garner.
“Alan’s experience is the most vital thing for me,” Millen said on Friday. “It
was a real help when Tony [Pulis] came in last season his knowledge of what wins matches at this level.
Alan has a great record and he has worked at this level for a long time.
“The board and chairman have never stopped a manager bringing in a player.
They’ll have their opinions and financially it’s got to be right for the
club but it will be Alan’s decision on who he brings in. I don’t think that’s the
reason he left [Newcastle] or the sole reason he’s come to Palace but I know at this club, he’ll have a big say on the players he wants.”