Crystal Palace have finally sorted out their managerial chaos by appointing their former boss Neil Warnock. Warnock has signed a two-year deal at Selhurst Park and will be in charge of Palace’s trip to Newcastle United on Saturday.
Warnock managed Crystal Palace for three years between 2007-2010. In that time, he got the Eagles to the Championship playoffs before financial difficulties saw the club face a 10-point deduction the following season. Warnock saw out his time at Selhurst Park before signing a three-and-a-half-year deal with Queens Park Rangers. His time with Rangers was a mixed bag as he won the Championship title before being axed after a poor start in the Premier League.
A short spell followed at Leeds United before the two sides parting ways in April 2013. Warnock, who has vast experience in management, has managed no less than 13 clubs in his illustrious managerial career, which started way back in 1980. In that time, he’s suffered many promotions and a few relegations on the way to where he is now.
Tim Sherwood was another name mentioned before he ruled himself out last week. Former West Bromwich Albion boss Steve Clarke was also a strong candidate for the position, but Palace chairman Steve Parish has gone with the experience and know-how of the 65-year-old. Parish has also vowed to make sufficient funds available to Warnock to bolster his squad before the transfer window closes on Monday.
Warnock will take his troops into battle at St. James’ Park on Saturday. It will be a tall order for Crystal Palace, but with the new man in charge now, it renews their preseason optimism and hopes of surviving. The Sheffield-born manager will be hoping to get in new faces before Monday, and maybe even before Saturday.
It’s a brave move to appoint Neil Warnock, but there is no reason why it can’t pay off, and it will be very interesting to see how he and Palace get on.