Remarkable Pulis Deserves Award

It is almost unthinkable that Tony Pulis will not pick up an award this season for the quite miraculous work he has done at Crystal Palace in the last six months. With the side seemingly destined for relegation from the Premier League he has completely turned around Palace’s fortunes and has claimed 39 points from his 27 games in charge.

Remarkable Pulis Deserves Award

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Andy

May 6th, 2014

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It is almost unthinkable that Tony Pulis will not pick up an award this season for the quite miraculous work he has done at Crystal Palace in the last six months. With the side seemingly destined for relegation from the Premier League he has completely turned around Palace’s fortunes and has claimed 39 points from his 27 games in charge.

Despite this staggering success it is likely that he will be edged out for the prestigious Manager of the Season award by Brendan Rodgers. Whilst it is hard to ignore the success Rodgers has achieved during his two year spell in charge of Liverpool he has received considerable financial backing in order to build an effective squad; it has cost just under £100 million to build that side and turn them into title contenders.

Meanwhile at Palace, Pulis has inherited a squad from the former manager Ian Holloway, and only had a few months to mould it into an efficient outfit. The way in which he has transformed a side surely destined for failure is the most remarkable achievement in the Premier League this season. He was helped by some signings in January along with a couple of loan deals but effectively he has single handedly turned Palace into a mid table team.

The expectations in August were simply to survive in the top tier of English football by any means necessary. By the time Holloway was sacked the future was looking bleak. It seemed inevitable that Palace would be playing Championship football but there was a glimmer of hope that Tony Pulis, a man who had never been relegated as manager, could turn things round.

Suddenly, within a matter of weeks, Palace were keeping clean sheets on a relatively consistent basis and actually won a few games. Belief had returned, not only to the supporters, but more importantly to the players. The new methods and tactics were getting results and slowly a bit of confidence began to show in the Eagles play and they began to climb.

At the time of writing this Palace currently sit in 11th place in the Premier League. Their safety was guaranteed a few weeks ago and now the club and Pulis can begin to plan for next season. Whilst there is no doubt that the side is in better shape before the season began in terms of squad depth it is likely that there will be numerous new arrivals this summer. If Pulis can strengthen what he has achieved and then build upon the firm foundations then next season promises much.

Other managers may win individual awards this season but there is no denying that his impact at Crystal Palace has been the most impressive. He may not bring the glitz and glamour that some other managers bring to the Premier League but the competition is healthier for Pulis’ involvement.

Many considered him a one trick pony during his time at Stoke City and within six months he has proved those theories wrong. With financial backing and more time to work with these players the question now is how high can he take this club?

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