Monday 27 January 2020

Tony Pulis quits Crystal Palace in row over transfers

Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis has quit the club
Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis has quit the club

John Percy

Tony Pulis last night left Crystal Palace in one of the surprise departures of the summer, three months after being named the Premier League manager of the season.

Pulis is to leave Palace by mutual consent after reaching crisis point in his fractious relationship with co-chairman Steve Parish, following a string of disagreements over the club’s transfer policy.

The 56-year-old has been considering his future for weeks after a frustrating summer of transfer activity, or inactivity, and believes his position is untenable with the current structure at Selhurst Park.

Pulis met with Parish for showdown talks in London last night and the decision was taken at around 7.0 to part company, in a move which will anger Palace supporters after the Welshman’s success last season.

Tensions have been simmering for months over many issues, including the amount of financial backing this summer, the influence of Parish in transfer deals and the role of sporting director Iain Moody.

Pulis handed the Palace board a list of what he believed were achievable transfer targets at the end of last season but none of the players materialised. Steven Caulker and Gylfi Sigurdsson – who joined Queens Park Rangers and Swansea City respectively – were two of his top targets, while there has also been hesitation over signing other players.

It is even believed that some players had been targeted without Pulis’ approval, with Palace focused on re-signing winger Wilfried Zaha from Manchester United despite the manager’s doubts over his character.

Fraizer Campbell and Martin Kelly are the only cash signings so far this summer, and when contacted this week, Pulis admitted his squad were desperately short of players ahead of the Premier League opener against Arsenal.

First-team coach Keith Millen is likely to take charge for that game.(© Daily Telegraph, London)

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