ALAN PARDEW has been confirmed as the new manager of Crystal Palace this morning (Saturday). The former Newcastle United, Southampton, West Ham and Reading boss, who was in the stand at Villa Park on New Year's Day to see the Eagles pick up another point with a goalless draw, has put pen to paper on a three-and-a-half year deal at Selhurst Park. Pardew, who scored the winning goal for Palace against Liverpool to help the Eagles reach the FA Cup final in 1990, is now set to take charge of Palace for the first time in the FA Cup third round tie at Conference Premier side Dover Athletic tomorrow (Sunday).
The 53-year-old told the club's website: "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 [Parish] and the board I can help achieve that and create some new exciting history for the club."
Chairman Steve Parish described Pardew as a manager with a "great track record" and "great affection" for the club.