BREAKING NEWS: Allardyce appointed Crystal Palace manager

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Crystal Palace have announced the appointment of former England boss Sam Allardyce as manager.

The 62-year-old has agreed a two-and-a-half-year deal at Selhurst Park to succeed Alan Pardew, who was sacked on Thursday.

It is the first job Allardyce has taken since he left his post with England in September after being caught in a newspaper sting.

Allardyce takes charge of Palace with immediate effect and will lead the team on Boxing Day when they travel to Watford in the Premier League.

Chairman Steve Parish said: "We are delighted to be able to make an appointment so quickly and fortunate that someone of Sam's calibre and experience was available."

Pardew was asked to step down by Parish after managing only four wins from 17 Premier League games this season.

The London club are one point above the relegation zone heading into Monday's game with West Brom, highlighting their stark decline in 2016, especially since their FA Cup final defeat to Manchester United.

Allardyce, who steered Sunderland to survival last season, left the England job after he was filmed by undercover reporters apparently claiming he could give advice on how to get around transfer rules in the top flight.

He lasted only 67 days in the role after succeeding Roy Hodgson, with an injury-time goal from Adam Lallana giving his side a 1-0 victory over Slovakia in Allardyce's one match in charge.