​Crystal Palace have appointed former England boss Sam Allardyce as manager on a two-and-a-half-year deal, 24 hours after sacking Alan Pardew.

Pardew was sacked on Thursday with the club 17th in the Premier League after a run of one win in 11 games.

Chairman Steve Parish said the club was “fortunate that someone of Sam’s calibre and experience was available”.

Allardyce has been out of work since losing the England job after just 67 days incharge ,in the wake of a newspaper sting.

The 62-year-old will take training on Saturday, before Palace’s Boxing Day game at Watford.

On Friday, before talks began with Parish, Allardyce already told reporters the Palace job was a “fantastic” opportunity to return to top-flight management.

The former Bolton, Blackburn, Newcastle and West Ham boss saved Sunderland from relegation last season despite them being second from bottom when he joined.

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