New Crystal Palace boss George Burley is looking forward to getting back to the day-to-day rigours of club management. The 54-year-old, who took the Selhurst Park reigns on Thursday with Dougie Freedman as his number two, returns to club football after being sacked as Scotland manager last November.

He told the club's official website: "I am coming back to a division that I know very well having managed Ipswich, Derby and Southampton. I have been fortunate to have reached six play-offs and had success with Ipswich in getting them into the Premier League.

"I have been out of management for the last six months after leaving the international post with Scotland which was a great experience. However, I missed the day to day involvement when I was with Scotland and this is a great opportunity for me to be a part of that day to day involvement again."

On the appointment of Freedman as his assistant, he added: "At the moment we have got no coaching staff at the club and I was very fortunate that Dougie has agreed to join me as he has a lot of knowledge at this club. He knows the players inside out and that will be a great help for me."