Pulis leaves Palace before opener
Tony Pulis has shocked the Premier League by leaving Crystal Palace less than 48 hours before the start of the season.
Pulis, 56, has left the club by mutual consent after he met with chairman Steve Parish on Thursday.
It is believed tension between the pair became untenable after the league’s manager of the year was frustrated after the club failed to land his transfer targets.
Assistant manager Keith Millen will take charge for Saturday’s opener against Arsenal.
Palace issued a statement on Friday saying: “The club would like to thank Tony for his efforts with the club during last season and wish him all the best for the future.”
Rumours have circulated all week that Pulis’ position was in doubt and bookmakers’ odds were slashed on Thursday as the speculation became rife.
The remainder of Palace’s coaching staff – Gerry Francis and Dave Kemp are also set to leave the club, but Parish has insisted that the two remain in the dugout for the game against Arsenal.
Pulis has received support from manager Arsene Wenger, he said: “He has done a remarkable job last season, made a miracle. I was at a managers meeting on Monday, he was there and nothing indicated he wouldn’t be here tomorrow.”
But it was matters off the field that made life hard for Palace, the club have missed out on a number of targets and Pulis and Parish also disagreed about their vision of the club.
Chairman and sporting director Ian Moody are in charge of trying to make new signings.
Palace have signed Fraizer Campbell from Cardiff for £900,000, full-back Martin Kelly arrived from Liverpool and Brede Hangeland joined the club on a free.
Hangeland also spoke highly of Pulis after joining, and stated Pulis as being one of the reasons he moved to Selhurst Park: “All the things I’ve heard about this club – the manager, players, staff – it’s all been good.”
And at the end of last season, Parish had told the South London Press about Pulis: “He took a big chance coming to Crystal Palace on a verbal promise that I and the club would support him financially.”
Pulis had done a superb job at the club since taking over in November last year, he guided the club to a remarkable 11th place finish in the league, after the club were in the relegation zone when he took over.
Former Cardiff boss Malky Mackay is the favourite for the job.