Steve Parish and Crystal Palace have finally drawn to a close their search for a new manager by appointing Neil Warnock, reports the BBC. Warnock will be making a return to Selhurst Park, having managed the Eagles between 2007 and 2010.
The former QPR boss was selected ahead of former West Brom man, Steve Clarke. Warnock had not appeared to be in the running for the position at all until very recently, with Malky Mackay and Tim Sherwood considered as favourites. However, Sherwood quickly ruled himself out of contention, whilst a text-messaging scandal deemed the signing of Mackay as inappropriate.
The Palace search for a new manager was triggered by the sudden departure of Tony Pulis, just 48 hours before the Premier League season began. Speculation reads that Pulis left over disputes about the club’s transfer policy, but Warnock has been assured that he will have money to spend between now and Monday, at which point the transfer window closes.
Parish has commented on his delight at having gotten a new manager into place, and points to Warnock’s previous spell in charge as reason for his latest appointment. ‘He is the right appointment. He did a great job when he was here before and he understands the club,’ said Parish of his new manager.
It is expected that Keith Millen, who stepped in as caretaker manager of the Eagles upon Pulis’ departure, will be instigated into the new coaching set up in some capacity.