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Palace hero Thomas: Pardew ideal choice

Crystal Palace legend Geoff Thomas has welcomed Alan Pardew's return to the club.

The Newcastle United manager's appointment could be confirmed today.

"I think it's a really good fit, I really do," Thomas told the Croydon Advertiser.

"It's like he's done his apprenticeship and a lot more, winning the Manager of the Year award in 2012, and he's been through a lot of pain with Newcastle this year but has turned that around.

"Alan has proven what sort of character he is, and in some ways I think it's great he's been given this opportunity for himself to go somewhere fresh after doing that.

"It is all positive for Palace. They are getting a good manager. As a footballer, most of his career was at Palace and obviously he's in the folklore of the club for getting that goal in the FA Cup semi-final.

"He will always be remembered for that in 1990. It's Super Al on his return, and I can see the fans being positive about it."

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