Tony Pulis leaves Crystal Palace by mutual consent
Pulis walks away from the Palace job just days before the new Premier League season starts
August 15th, 2014
Crystal Palace head to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday evening without a permanent manager after Tony Pulis departed Selhurst Park by mutual consent.
Pulis replaced Ian Holloway last season and completely transformed the fortunes of the south London club, steering the Eagles right away from the relegation zone after keeping Stoke City in the top flight for seasons on end.
However, it appeared that the Welshman felt he could no longer move forward at Selhurst Park, feeling as though he was hindered by the board’s decision not to spend more money on Pulis’ transfer targets.
Tony is a traditional manager who wants to run things on the football side,” a source told the Guardian newspaper. “It’s become an irritant … It’s a festering wound that has been there for a long time. After the season we had, the manager hoped the chairman would have thought: ‘Right I’ve got myself a good manager and now I need to back him’. It’s actually got worse not better. And now it’s been brought to a head.”
Assistant manager Keith Millen will now take charge of the first team for Saturday’s game, while Malky Mackay has been installed as even money favourite to take the Palace job.
The Scot was in charge of Cardiff City until the middle of last season and has connections with Iain Moody who was the previous head of player recruitment at the Welsh club and now resides at Selhurst Park.