Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce has brought in former England assistant boss Sammy Lee as his number two at Selhurst Park as he hopes to steer the club away from the relegation zone.
The Eagles, who are priced at 4.00 to be relegated from the Premier League, appointed Allardyce as Alan Pardew’s successor on December 23 on a two-and-a-half-year contract.
The 62-year-old’s brief for the remainder of the 2016-17 campaign is to avoid Palace being dragged into the relegation zone and potentially slipping into the Championship.
Allardyce, who only recently lost his job in charge of England after just one match at the helm, is yet to pick up a victory after four games with Palace, losing two and drawing two.
The former Sunderland boss has opted to bring in a familiar face in Lee to try and improve Palace’s fortunes with the club currently sitting just one place and one point outside of the drop-zone.
Lee arrives having worked under Allardyce with England and Bolton, while he has also worked on the backroom staff at Liverpool and Southampton, who he left last summer.
“I am looking forward to once again working with Sammy. It was great working with him at Bolton and is someone who has a wealth of experience both at club and international level over the years as well,” Allardyce said.
The Palace manager will be hopeful that Lee can play a big role on the training ground as the club face a key run of games with West Ham and Sunderland among the teams they will face over the next month.