Premier League cult hero takes surprise management job at 37… with the ex-Southampton and Crystal Palace star taking charge of top-flight club in Cyprus

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Cypriot outfit AEZ Zakakiou have appointed a former Premier League star as their new head coach, in what is a surprise new move for the 37-year-old.

After playing for the likes of Southampton and Crystal Palace in the Premier League, the midfielder moved to Cypriot side Pafos in 2019 before finishing his playing career at Anorthosis Famagusta four years later.

Keen to ply his trade as a manager, the Croydon-born star stayed in Cyprus last summer to take charge of second-tier side Peyia 2014 and left in January to seek a new move.

AEZ Zakakiou, who sit 12th in the 14-team Cypriot top flight, announced that they have appointed Jason Puncheon as their new manager on Saturday.

Puncheon made 74 appearances for Southampton and helped the Saints win promotion to the Premier League in 2012 before leaving for boyhood club Crystal Palace two years later.

Former Premier League star Jason Puncheon has taken on a surprising new role in management

Former Premier League star Jason Puncheon has taken on a surprising new role in management

AEZ Zakakiou, who sit 12th in the 14-team Cypriot top flight, have announced that they have appointed Puncheon as their new manager.  The footballer retired as a player last campaign

AEZ Zakakiou, who sit 12th in the 14-team Cypriot top flight, have announced that they have appointed Puncheon as their new manager. The footballer retired as a player last campaign

He spent six seasons at Selhurst Park, scoring 16 goals in 169 appearances and helping the Eagles establish their status as a Premier League club.

One of Puncheon’s most memorable moments on the football pitch came in 2013 when he had to rush off the pitch during Southampton’s clash with Everton.

After it was revealed that the midfielder needed to make an urgent call to the toilet, hilarious chants from fans followed in the weeks ahead.

Puncheon’s performances would be accompanied by chants of: ‘He s**** when he wants, Jason Puncheon, he s**** when he wants’.

Handling the chants well, the ex-Saints star later celebrated a goal by pretending to poo in front of the crowd, who reacted humorously.