Crystal Palace have announced that caretaker Manager Dougie Freedman has been handed the reins at Selhurst Park on a full time basis, 10 days after taking over from George Burley in a temporary capacity.

Having overseen a victory over Preston North End and a narrow defeat at the hands of Coventry City in that time, the Eagles handed the 36-year-old a two-and-a-half year contract.

The Glasgow-born striker spent ten years as a player with Palace in two spells, netting nearly 100 goals in over 300 appearances. Having operated as Reserve Team Manager during his second stint with the club, he returned to the Palace in a coaching capacity as Paul Hart's number two in March 2010 and went on to serve in the same role under previous boss George Burley.

Reflecting on his first managerial appointment Freedman told www.cpfc.co.uk: "This is a very proud moment for me to be named Manager of the club that I have grown to love.

"First and foremost I would like to thank the fans for their support over my playing and coaching career and long may it continue.

"I would also like to thank the owners of the club for giving me this opportunity and I am looking forward to the challenge ahead. I will now look at both the playing squad and my own staff which we will hopefully add to sooner rather than later."

Co-Chairman Steve Parish added: "As you are all aware we have spent the past two weeks, interviewing candidates, taking advice and discussing amongst ourselves the criteria we need in a new manager to put this club back where it belongs.

"As a consequence of that I'm delighted that Dougie Freedman has agreed to become the Manager of Crystal Palace Football Club.

"I was determined to have someone with fresh ideas, committed to working in a modern innovative way. We also need someone with a great knowledge of our current squad, its strengths; weaknesses where we need to make additions with a firm idea of who they should be.

"Finally we need someone who has as deep a passion for this club as we do, Dougie ticks all those boxes and more. We will also be adding some 'older heads' to bring some experience as Dougie's assistants and these will be announced in due course. Right now we are all galvanised and focused on Saturday's game against Swansea and climbing the table."

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