LONDON, - Alan Pardew on Saturday was confirmed as Crystal Palace's new manager after being released from his contract at Newcastle United. A statement on Palace's official website read: "Crystal Palace Football Club is pleased to announce the appointment of Alan Pardew as the club's new manager after signing a three-and-a-half-year contract." Pardew spent four years in charge of Newcastle, but he was never a favourite with many of the Tyneside club's fans and eventually jumped at the chance of returning to Palace, where he spent four years as a player. The 53-year-old replaces Neil Warnock, who was sacked last Saturday, four months into his second spell in charge, with Palace third from bottom of the English Premier League and facing a battle against relegation.