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Crystal Palace appoints Sam Allardyce as manager after sacking Pardew

Defence is first priority-Sam Allardyce

Crystal Palace on Friday named former England boss Sam Allardyce as the new manager of the Club a day after sacking Alan Pardew.

Former Newcastle Alan Pardew was sacked on Thursday with the club poor form in the Premier League after a run of one win in 11 games.

Allardyce who sign a two-and-a-half-year deal, traveled to Palace’s training ground on Friday to complete talks with chairman Steve Parish.

The Former West Ham united and Sunderland manager will be in charge of the team training on Saturday, before Palace’s Boxing Day game at Watford.

On Friday, Allardyce told reporters the Palace job was a “fantastic” opportunity to return to top-flight management.

He has been out of work since leaving his role as England manager by mutual consent after 67 days and just one game.

Sam Allardyce saved Sunderland from relegation last season despite the club being second from bottom when he took over as the manager.

Caretaker manager Keith Millen took Friday’s news conference and told the media that Allardyce would “sort the players out”.

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