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Sunday 21 September 2014

Parish 'not let down by Pulis'

Published 17/08/2014 | 07:46

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Steve Parish, right, and Tony Pulis, left, no longer work together

Crystal Palace co-chairman Steve Parish does not feel let down by former boss Tony Pulis but expects to see him working again soon.

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Pulis stunned Palace by asking to leave his role as manager just two days before the season started, with Parish agreeing to his request.

Former Stoke boss Pulis - who guided Palace to a miraculous escape last season - was reportedly unhappy with the way the club had done their transfer business in the summer.

But although Parish is sad to see the Welshman move on, he is adamant he did the right thing by not stopping him from walking.

"I can't explain it, I'd love to be able to tell you everything that went wrong," he told Match of the Day. "There was a good transfer budget agreed, there was a lack of targets that I think the manager felt was good enough in the window and it came to a point where he felt he didn't want to carry on.

"I can't have people at the football club who aren't 100 per cent committed to what we're trying to do, so reluctantly I agreed to let him out of his contract.

"I can't be let down for what he achieved for us. He doesn't owe us but we don't owe him. He did a fantastic job for us but we are what we are. I got this club from administration to where we are now by taking decisions to create a positive environment.

"If people don't feel they can work in that environment then it's fine for them to move on."

Caretaker boss Keith Millen is keen to be considered as a possible replacement for Pulis and Parish added that he is looking for someone with experience and who can start ahead of the end of the transfer window.

Parish indicated the board are looking for someone with experience and who can start ahead of the end of the transfer window - with the likes of former Cardiff boss Malky Mackay, Tim Sherwood, who left Tottenham earlier in the summer, and ex-Celtic manager Neil Lennon among the reported candidates.

And captain Mile Jedinak hopes the club act quickly to appoint a successor.

He said: "We all know how important it is to get a manager instated at the football club.

"For us it would be ideal (to be a quick appointment), but it is not up to us.

"I am sure the guys above and powers at be know what they are doing and hopefully will get something ready for us in the not too distance future."

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