George Burley to take over at Palace

George Burley will be unveiled as Crystal Palace’s new manager tomorrow afternoon.

GEORGE Burley will be unveiled as Crystal Palace’s new manager tomorrow afternoon.

The former Ipswich and Scotland boss has accepted the role, according to The South London Press, and will be paraded before the press at 3.30pm on Thursday.

It is believed that CPFC 2010 – the consortium in the process of purchasing Palace – also interviewed Chris Coleman and Paul Hart before deciding that 54-year-old Burley was the man for the job.

The London club suffered a 10 points deduction for going into administration last season and only ensured their Championship survival on the final day of the season with a dramatic 2-2 draw with Sheffield Wednesday.

Burley famously led Town to the Premier League in 2000, before guiding them to a shock fifth-place finish the following campaign to qualify for the UEFA Cup.

Relegated the following season, Burley – who took charge of over 400 games at the Suffolk club – was sacked after the club were left in severe financial trouble and struggling towards the bottom of the second tier.

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The Scotsman went on to manage at Derby, Hearts and Southampton before, in January 2008, he became the third former Ipswich boss to manage his country – following in the footsteps of Sir Alf Ramsey and Sir Bobby Robson – when he was appointed Scotland national coach.

His reign lasted less than two years though, the SFA sacking him after Scotland failed to qualify for the World Cup. He has been out of management for the last seven months.

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