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New Crystal Palace manager Paul Hart has warned Neil Warnock none of the Eagles players will be joining the Yorkshireman at QPR.

Paul Hart was QPR's sixth manager under Flavio Briatore
Paul Hart was QPR's sixth manager under Flavio Briatore

Palace did not take much time over hiring their new manager until the end of the season after Warnock left to join Queens Park Rangers on Monday.

Hart only left QPR in January following a run of five games in charge and the former Portsmouth manager is set to bring Dougie Freedman, currently at Southend, and John Pemberton in as his assistants.

The 56-year-old beat off competition from Steve Coppell, Iain Dowie and former Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate to get the role and faces a relegation battle with the Eagles, who sit just outside the drop zone on goal difference following a ten-point deduction after entering administration.

Warnock has inevitably been linked with loan moves for the likes of 17-goal top-scorer Darren Ambrose, fellow midfielder Neil Danns and young defender Nathaniel Clyne, but Hart insisted he is aiming to hold on to his best players.

"No players will be leaving this club between now and the end of the season," Hart said.

Coincidentally, Hart was appointed Rangers boss soon after his sacking at Portsmouth earlier this season, but he lasted less than a month before walking out.

But Hart feels he can repeat the trick he managed in his first season at Fratton Park, when he kept Pompey up after taking over with 14 games to play - the same number of matches Palace have left.

"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,'' he said. "There's only one objective and that is to stay in this division.

"This club deserves to be in this division, there's been a lot thrown at it in the last six months and the players don't deserve it. The club were in contact yesterday evening. I asked a few questions and I felt the conditions were fair and that I could succeed.

"There are many similarities to Portsmouth. There are 14 games left, there's an experienced squad who can play, and I feel with a few tweaks we can get there.''


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