The former Stoke City boss signs a two-and-a-half-year contract at Selhurst Park but will not be in charge for the Premier League strugglers' Saturday visit to Hull City
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Palace had been without a manager since Ian Holloway left the London club in October and several names had been linked with the job before they finally agreed terms with Pulis.
The new boss previously guided Stoke into the top flight for the first time in 23 years following promotion in May 2008 in what was his second spell in charge at the Britannia Stadium and helped establish the club in the Premier League.
The 55-year-old former Gillingham manager parted company with the Potters at the end of last season, having been criticised by a section of the club's supporters over his direct style of play.