Crystal Palace have announced that Neil Warnock has returned to take charge of the club after a rocky start to the campaign under caretaker boss Keith Millen.
Millen was handed the difficult task of taking charge of the Eagles just 48 hours before the start of the new season after Tony Pulis stepped down from his role due to a lack of support in the transfer market.
Palace, who are priced at 5.50 to finish bottom of the Premier League, have lost their opening two fixtures – 2-1 away at Arsenal before struggling to compete against West Ham as they went down 3-1 in their first home game.
Chairman and co-owner Steve Parish was hopeful of bringing Malky Mackay to the club and it was reported to be almost a done deal until the Scot was ruled out of the running over misconduct allegations from former club Cardiff City.
Parish was eager to get a new man in before the close of the transfer window on Monday and the club confirmed that Warnock had agreed a two-year deal on Wednesday.
A statement on the Crystal Palace website read: “Crystal Palace are delighted to announce that Neil Warnock has been appointed as the club’s new first team manager with immediate effect.
“Neil has agreed a two-year deal and will lead the team this Saturday in our Premier League game at Newcastle United.”
Warnock is expected to be handed funds to spend before the close of the window as he looks to help Palace avoid relegation again.