London: Former Portsmouth manager Paul Hart took charge of Championship (second division) side Crystal Palace.
Hart, who was sacked as Premier League Portsmouth`s manager in November, replaces Neil Warnock at cash-strapped Palace who were deducted 10 points earlier this season after going into administration.
"I think it`s quite obvious I like a challenge, and this is a big one, but I felt that the support would be there," Hart told reporters at a news conference. "There`s only one objective and that is to stay in this division."
It is not pleasant at all that I had to approach the court but there was no option left for me. I am glad that I have been proved right and it has lifted my morale ahead for the Asian Games.
Manoj Kumar, Indian boxer