Tony Pulis hot favourite to become new Crystal Palace manager
Ian Holloway departed Selhurst Park this week, although it appears that a new man could be at the helm as early as this weekend according to the latest reports.
October 24th, 2013
Crystal Palace will want to make a quick appointment as the Eagles attempt to improve fortunes on the pitch following a sorry start, with Tony Pulis odds-on to replace Holloway.
The Welshman has been out of management since being relieved of managerial duties at Stoke City in the summer, with the Staffordshire club wanting to take a new direction under Mark Hughes.
However, it might be that Pulis takes charge of Palace and ends up competing with his old club to remain in the top flight, with the bookies now going odds-on about the former Stoke boss following news that the South London club will approach him.
Co-owner Steve Parish suggested that Pulis is first-choice, saying: “Tony has never got relegated, has he?” said Parish. “He’s out of work, got Premier League experience. Not a bad shout. We need someone who has been there and done it and got the T-shirt. Players respond to that.”
Even so, Pulis has never taken charge of a club in such a poor position and with Arsenal visiting Selhurst Park on Saturday, Palace could be bottom when he takes over.
The supporters might not enjoy his direct style of football although the Palace board will care little if the Welshman manages to steer the team clear of the relegation zone come May.