Crystal Palace Appoint Alan Pardewby Jack Kitson / 03 January 2015, 10:48Tweet
Crystal Palace have finally announced the official appointment of Alan Pardew after the club's former midfielder put pen to paper and signed a three-and-half deal at Selhurst Park. The 53-year-old was released from his contract at Newcastle United in order to take the position at the struggling Eagles, who are currently stuck in the relegation zone, having won just three of their 20 Premier League matches so far this term.
Pardew's decision to trade the Toon for Palace is considered a surprising one, given the supposed difference in stature between the respective teams, while the Magpies are currently up in the top-half of the table, whereas Palace are in the bottom three.
However, Pardew believes that the time was right to leave his post in the north-east after four years, during which he has experienced a number of highs: an impressive 5th-place finish in 2011/12 and subsequent Premier League Manager of the Season award, to the lows: the "Pardew Out" campaign throughout the majority of 2014.
Pardew will now begin a new chapter in his career back in London, as he takes charge of his third capital club, following spells with Charlton and West Ham. Pardew will be tasked with steering Palace to top-flight safety, with the London outfit priced at 4/6 with Ladbrokes to survive the dreaded drop for the second successive season.
But, before Pardew can even think about his side's next league clash at home to Tottenham (10th), he has an FA Cup third round fixture away to Dover to contend with on Sunday. Palace head into the potential banana-skin fixture as the hot 1/2 favourites with Betfair to book their spot in the fourth round, while the non-league hosts are a 7/1 long shot to conjure up a famous win.