Crystal Palace co-chairman Steve Parish insists he is happy to have brought Neil Warnock back to the club , claiming he has “unfinished business” in the Premier League.
The Eagles, 5.50 to finish bottom of the league, surprised many when they reappointed Warnock as their new boss on Wednesday. Warnock succeeds Tony Pulis, who left just days before the start of the new season.
Warnock managed Palace between 2007 and 2010 but he wasn’t expected to get the job over a number of candidates.
Malky Mackay was the early favourite for the role but he was ruled out following his recent text message scandal. The likes of Tim Sherwood, Steve Clarke and Neil Lennon were also linked with the role but Parish insists the club have appointed the right man.
He has admitted that the 65-year-old was the only candidate to be offered the job and he hopes he can deliver success in the Premier League.
“It’s not so much about being relieved, it’s about being happy that we’ve found the right person,” Parish told Sky Sports News HQ.
“I’ve known Neil since the club went into administration. He’s someone who’s always been helpful to me and offered advice and I think he’s a safe pair of hands for us right now.
“He’s got unfinished business in the Premier League. As we all know he went down with 38 points, which would have kept you up last year, and in unfortunate circumstances with Sheffield (United in 2007).
“I think he has things he wants to prove to himself. He likes the club, he’s got a lot of affection for the fans and it felt a good fit.”