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The 50 year-old world-renowned comedian, Hollywood actor, and Eagles supporter has been has been given the new position with the Championship club ahead of the coming season

Crystal Palace have announced that they have appointed comedian Eddie Izzard as an associate director at the club ahead of the new season.

Izzard, 50, has been a supporter of the Eagles since the 1960s and is delighted to have been brought on board to the club that finished 17th in the Championship last season under manager Dougie Freedman.

"I am very happy to lend my support to Crystal Palace FC by becoming an Associate Director of the club," Izzard told the club's official website.

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"With Dougie Freedman as our manager and the new young players coming up through our Academy - I hope that Crystal Palace will be pushing forward to new heights with all of them succeeding to the best of their ability - and further.

"All I really want is for Crystal Palace to win every game from now until the end of time. That's all. I know that's a tough thing to ask but that really is what I want.

"You see, I've been a fan or a supporter of Palace since 1969. At times I've been a fan and at times I've been just a supporter because I'm afraid I'm a bad loser and if we don't win games - I don't deal with it well.

"I tend to swear in front of children and shout at televisions in pubs. I know everyone has to deal with this.

"I've tried to mature my behaviour as my life has progressed, but in this one area I am still like the teenager I was in the 70s, living and dying every week for the football games I was playing myself or watching Palace play."

The club's chief executive Phil Alexander remained delighted with the appointment, although it remains to be seen how active a role Izzard will play in the day-to-day proceedings of the club.

"I am delighted that Eddie has signed up to be an associate director at Palace," Alexander added.

"He is an iconic entertainer and we hope that he can find enough time during his busy year to attend as many games as possible."