Tony Pulis has sensationally stepped down from his post as Crystal Palace manager amid a clash over the club’s transfer policy with chairman Steve Parish, reports the Express. Pulis had only been at the club since November, when he took over with the Eagles languishing at the bottom of the Premier League.
The former Stoke boss managed to keep the London club afloat, however, earning many ‘Manager of the Year’ awards by doing so. A one-nil win over Chelsea and a three-three draw with Liverpool are results that particularly stand out during an impressive surge up the league table to an eventual 11th place finish.
However, Pulis is thought to have become frustrated with the club’s continual lack of ambition in the transfer market. It is thought that he is unhappy with the degree of control being wielded by Parish, and the lack of influence that he is given with regard to signing new players.
So far this summer the Eagles’ only cash purchases have been Frazier Campbell and Martin Kelly, the latter of which was brought in for £1.5 million only yesterday. The club have missed out on opportunities to buy Steven Caulker, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Michu, and have disagreed over other targets.
Whilst Parish has been eager to re-sign Wilfried Zaha from Man United, Pulis had been more keen to sign Southampton’s Jack Cork. With neither party able to share focus on one target, Pulis is thought to have stepped down from his post in revolt. Assistant manager Keith Millen is expected to assume temporary charge.