Dougie Freedman has been named Crystal Palace's new manager.

The Eagles' legend signed a two-and-a-half year contract this evening having been in caretaker charge since George Burley was sacked on New Year's Day.

The 36-year-old's assistants have yet to be named but chairman Steve Parish has said they will look to appoint experienced heads to work alongside him.

Freedman said: "This is a very proud moment for me to be named manager of the club 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 hopefully add to sooner rather than later."