Crystal Palace are looking to the past to help end their problems in the present.
Neil Warnock begins his second stint with Palace on Saturday when they face Newcastle at St. James' Park in a matchup of sides seeking their first Premier League triumph of the new season.
One of the more outspoken and colourful managers in English football, the 65-year-old Warnock returns to guide the same south London club he went 47-39-43 with for 2 1/2 seasons while part of the second-tier Championship and before leaving in 2010 for Queens Park Rangers. Warnock has coached with 13 different clubs, but takes a Palace side in disarray after manager Tony Pulis quit 36 hours before the Eagles' 2-1 season-opening loss at Arsenal on Aug. 16.
In two previous managerial jobs in the Premier League, Warnock failed to keep Sheffield United up in 2007 and was fired by QPR in January 2012 before they narrowly avoided relegation.
Warnock, who went 14-13-31 with Sheffield United and QPR, has not coached since leaving Leeds in 2013.
Warnock's addition, however, could bring some stability to Palace (0-0-2), who also have some momentum from their 3-0 victory over third-tier dweller Walsall on Tuesday in League Cup play. Dwight Gayle, who doesn't have a shot in 25 minutes of league play this season, netted a hat-trick to total one more goal than Palace scored in their two top-tier matches.
"When we get out there we just concentrate on the game, and as (you saw Tuesday) we are ready to play football and win games," Gayle told the Palace's official website. "We need results, so hopefully we can carry (Tuesday's result) into Saturday's game and get the three points."
Marouane Chamakh cut into a 2-0 West Ham United advantage with a goal in the 48th minute last Saturday in Palace's 3-1 defeat. Chamakh also has a league-leading 12 of his team's 33 fouls - second only to Swansea City's 34.
Dating back to last season, the Eagles are 0-2-3 in league play.
In both Premier League and Championship play, Palace have been outscored 10-0 during an 0-1-5 stretch against Newcastle (0-1-1). The Magpies outscored them 4-0 while winning both top-tier meetings last season.
Palace's last league goals and victory against Newcastle came in March 1998, with a 2-1 win at St. James' Park.
Though Newcastle have yet to score through the first two weeks of league play and been outscored 21-5 during a 1-1-8 stretch dating to last season, they also have something to build on after pulling out a 1-0 League Cup victory at Gillingham on Tuesday. However, the match's only score came via a Gillingham own goal in the 25th minute.
The Magpies dominated often during last Saturday's scoreless draw with Aston Villa, making it disappointing they were unable to leave without three points. Much like their effort in League Cup action, Newcastle hope to build on what went right last weekend as they quickly turn their attention to league action once again.
"There are positives from the game to take forward," full-back Paul Dummett said. "I think the performance from the boys was good, and we need to carry it on for the whole season really."
Crystal Palace will host Newcastle in the third round of the League Cup next month.
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