Crystal Palace: Neil Warnock named as new manager

By David OrnsteinBBC Sport
Neil Warnock
Neil Warnock during his earlier spell in charge at Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace have appointed former boss Neil Warnock as their new manager.

The 65-year-old, who was at Palace between 2007 and 2010, has signed a two-year deal after being chosen ahead of ex-West Brom boss Steve Clarke.

Palace chairman and co-owner Steve Parish has turned to Warnock as a successor to Tony Pulis after Malky Mackay was ruled out last week.

"He is the right appointment. He did a great job when he was here before and he understands the club," said Parish.

The London club are keen for caretaker manager Keith Millen to be integrated into the new set-up.

Warnock has been told he will have funds to spend before the transfer window closes on Monday.

Both he and Clarke were interviewed this week after Palace turned their back on Mackay, and Tim Sherwood pulled out of the running.

Pulis left on 14 August, just 48 hours before the new Premier League season.

Crystal Palace managers since Warnock left in 2010
Keith Millen (caretaker) 14 Aug - presentCurtis Fleming & Lennie Lawrence (caretakers) 24 Oct 2012 - 3 Nov 2013
Tony Pulis 24 Nov 2013 - 14 Aug 2014Dougie Freedman 1 Jan 2011 - 24 Oct 2012
Keith Millen (caretaker) 23 Oct 2013 - 24 Nov 2013George Burley 17 June 2010 - 1 Jan 2011
Ian Holloway 3 Nov 2012 - 23 Oct 2013Paul Hart 2 Mar 2010 - 2 May 2010

Warnock has been out of work since parting company with Leeds in April 2013, although in March he turned down the opportunity to manage Nottingham Forest.

His return to Selhurst Park will reunite him with winger Jason Puncheon, who was fined £15,000 by the Football Association for comments on Twitter after taking exception to criticism from Warnock about a penalty miss against Tottenham.

Warnock's previous stint as Palace manager ended as the Eagles went into administration and suffered a subsequent 10-point deduction. The club dropped from Championship play-off contenders to a battle against relegation, which they narrowly avoided.

Neil Warnock
Neil Warnock's last job in football was as manager of Leeds United from February 2012 to April 2013

Parish told BBC Radio 5 live that he expected Warnock to be a success, adding: "We saw a number of people and decided Neil was the best person to come and help the club. I could maybe have got a manager from abroad, many exciting names applied for the job.

"Neil's got five days to go and bring in players that will improve us as a football club."

Former Stoke City boss Pulis won the Premier League's manager of the year award last season after guiding Palace from bottom of the table, the position they occupied when he took over from Ian Holloway in November 2013, to an 11th-placed finish.

But he became frustrated by the failure to land a number of summer transfer targets and left the club by mutual consent only 48 hours before the start of the new season.

Mackay had been the favourite for the job until allegations emerged of misconduct during his time at Cardiff.

He has admitted sending offensive text messages, allegedly shared with Iain Moody, who worked as head of recruitment at Cardiff before being sacked in October and quit his role as Palace's sporting director last week after the claims emerged.

Under Millen, Palace have lost their opening two league matches, 2-1 at Arsenal and 3-1 at home to West Ham, but secured a 3-0 away win over Walsall in the Capital One Cup second round on Tuesday night.

In an unusual move, Warnock's appointment was confirmed first on the club sponsor's Twitter feed, prompting Palace communications officer Luke Tugby to tweet: "Before criticism comes the way of #cpfc comms team, the decision to have Neteller release before the club's own website is out of our hands."

Neil Warnock timeline
1948: Born 1 December, SheffieldMay 2007: Leaves Bramall Lane after controversial Premier League relegation at the expense of West Ham and the Carlos Tevez row
1967: Begins playing career at Chesterfield aged 19 and plays more than 300 times as a winger for clubs including Barnsley and Rotherham UnitedOctober 2007: Joins cash-strapped Crystal Palace and declares it will be his final managerial position
1981: First full-time managerial job with Northern Premier League side Gainsborough TrinityMarch 2010: With Palace in administration, Warnock crosses London to take over QPR
1987: Leads non-league Scarborough into Football LeagueMay 2011: Takes the Hoops into the Premier League as champions
1993: Guides Huddersfield to Autoglass Trophy final at Wembley in his first seasonJanuary 2012: Leaves Loftus Road with QPR sitting 17th in the Premier League.
1999: Appointed Sheffield United boss after spells with Notts County, Plymouth, Oldham and BuryFebruary 2012: Joins Championship club Leeds United and finishes 14th
2003: Reaches FA Cup and League Cup semi-finals with the BladesApril 2013: Leaves Leeds with the club 17th and five points off Championship relegation zone
2006: Leads home town team into the Premier League as Blades win promotionAugust 2014: Ends 16-month period out of game with Palace return