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Report: Tony Pulis has left Crystal Palace

Aug 14, 2014, 4:28 PM EDT

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After less than one season at Selhurst Park, Tony Pulis appears set to leave Crystal Palace. Amid reports that the manager was at odds with the club over lack of support in the transfer market, the former Stoke boss has left the Eagles, leaving the team without a manager two days before opening the 2014-15 season against Arsenal.

Pulis joined Palace in November in the wake of Ian Holloway’s departure. Over the course of the next six months, the Welsh manager lifted his new club into 11th place, saving a team man picked to go down at the onset of the season.

In the wake of that success, Pulis has lobbied for more money in the transfer market. Unable to come to a resolution during talks with co-chairman Steve Parish, the 56-year-old has reportedly walked away from the job:

Though Palace has had a quiet summer, the team has been able to bring in Brede Hangeland, Martin Kelly, and Frazier Campbell. Combined with the results the Eagles posted in the second half of the season (and the two-plus weeks remaining in the transfer window), the club had reason to be conservative in its approach, particularly in light of Pulis’s failure to do more with Stoke’s £80 million net spend in his last five years at the Britannia Stadium.

Unfortunately, Pulis and Parish had engineered a lose-lose. Without Pulis, last year’s results mean nothing; at least, as it concerns how the squad will perform this season. And without Palace, Pulis is out of a job, with six months’ work forming a squad tossed out the window.

  1. Ian's Rushtache - Aug 14, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    What the hell are Palace doing?

    Pulis deserved absolute backing of the board following what he achieved last year.

  2. jrocknstuff - Aug 14, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    Herein lies the difference between soccer and almost every other team sport. Baseball, football, basketball, hockey you have a GM bringing in players and the coach in charge of performance.

    Tony Pulis is a hell of a manager. He does an excellent job on match day. Tactically he is one of the best, and he always has his squad prepared. However, he has never been good at judging talent and he has never spent finds wisely.

    While I love the job he has done at Palace, when money is scarce like it is at Selhurst Park I can’t blame ownership for being hesitant to allow a guy with a poor track record or purchases to have a decent amount of cash.

  3. mikeevergreen - Aug 15, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    Ummm, money is only scarce when the owner chooses not to spend, or is in over his head. As far as $80 million poorly spent, over a five year period in the EPL, that’s chump change. This is why we have technical directors (AKA general managers). Maybe Palace is too cheap to hire one of those?

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