Neil Warnock back as Crystal Palace manager

Neil Warnock, one of the most outspoken managers in English soccer, was hired again Wednesday to coach Crystal Palace, the same side he guided from 2007-2010.

65-year-old previously coached Eagles from 2007-2010

Neil Warnock, hired Wednesday to handle Crystal Palace, last managed Leeds United until departing the side in April 2013. (Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

Neil Warnock was hired by Crystal Palace on Wednesday for his second spell as the manager of the Premier League club.

Palace has been without a manager since Tony Pulis quit two days before the start of the new season.

The 65-year-old Warnock, who has signed a two-year deal, spent 2 1/2 years at Palace from 2007-10. He has been without work since leaving Leeds in April 2013.

Warnock has coached 13 clubs since 1980 and has experience managing in the Premier League with Queens Park Rangers and Sheffield United.

Palace has lost its first two games of the season, at Arsenal and then at home to West Ham.

Warnock is one of the English game's most colourful and outspoken characters, but will be viewed as a conservative choice by Palace, whose aim this season is to preserve its top-flight status.

Former Cardiff manager Malky Mackay was on the verge of being announced as Palace's successor last week, but a deal was scrapped after Mackay was accused of sending a string of inappropriate text messages during his time at the Welsh club, a controversy that is now the subject of a Football Association investigation.

One of Warnock's first tasks at Palace likely will be talking to midfielder Jason Puncheon, who was fined $25,000 US by the FA in March for comments made on Twitter about Warnock.

Warnock had criticized Puncheon for missing a penalty against Tottenham, saying: "There's no way I would've trusted him with a penalty. You've got to have somebody a little bit more cool and he's not like that, Jason."

Warnock's first match in his second stint in charge of Palace is against Newcastle on Saturday.

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