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He’s back! Palace appoint Allardyce on two-and-a-half-year deal

Date Posted,December 22, 2016

Sam Allardyce has sensationally returned to management at Crystal Palace after the sacking of Alan Pardew.

Allardyce has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal at Selhurst Park and will take charge of his first training session on Saturday.

Palace chairman Steve Parish said: “We are delighted to be able to make an appointment so quickly and fortunate that someone of Sam’s calibre and experience was available.”

The former Sunderland and West Ham boss was dramatically removed from his dream job as England boss.

But there was always the potential for a club in strife to call on a manager of his experience at avoiding relegation.

Palace sit 17th in the table — just one point off the relegation zone — with eight defeats in their last 10 Premier League matches after losing to leaders Chelsea on Saturday.

Allardyce revealed last week that he is ready to return to work after being ousted by the FA in September after just 67 days and one match.

Allardyce with his new shirt (Photo: Twitter/@CPFC)

He was caught on film discussing FA rules on third-party ownership on players with undercover reporters while trying to help out a friend down on his luck.

Manager Pardew admitted after their win over Southampton earlier this month that the owners are unhappy about the club’s poor form and that chairman Steve Parish has been fighting his corner .

But on Thursday they pulled the pin, with the club’s official statement hinting they had a replacement waiting in the wings.

“Crystal Palace FC have today asked Alan Pardew to step down as Manager of the Club,” read the statement.

Parish thankedPardew “for his tremendous service” to the club as manager and previously as a player.

Alan Pardew
Pardew was removed with Palace in 17th, with eight league defeats in their last 10 games (Photo: Getty)

“Following a fantastic second half of 2014/15, the 2015/16 season culminated in only narrowly missing out on winning the FA cup as well as securing our Premier League place for a record breaking fourth time,” he said.

“During his tenure Alan’s hard work and dedication were without question, he has improved so many areas of the Club and we wish him the very best for the future.

“With games now coming thick and fast over the holiday period the club are hoping to put someone in place as quickly as possible but have nothing to say about a replacement at this time.”

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