Premier League side Crystal Palace have appointed Tony Pulis as their new manager on a two-and-a-half-year contract.
The former Stoke City manager will take charge of the Eagles affairs after watching his sidewin 1-0 against Hull City at the KC stadium last Saturday, when caretaker boss Keith Millen took charge.
Pulis’s first game in charge of the South East London side will be against Norwich at Carrow Road on Saturday, November 30.
The 55-year-old made his name at the top flight with Stoke City and spent seven years at the Britannia stadium. Once the Palace job became available, Pulis was rumored to be top of Palace’s list. There was a lot of speculation about who would take the job with Aitor Karanka, Dan Petrescu, Chris Coleman, Andrea Stramaccioni and Iain Dowie all linked with the post until the Pulis got the call. Chris Coleman was ruled out due to the Welshman extending his time as the Wales national boss.
Pulis has managed at other clubs during his career. Gillingham, Bournemouth, Bristol City, Portsmouth and Plymouth are some of the clubs he has managed. Pulis has an impressive record as a manager, with none of his sides being relegated, and has his work cut out for him to add Crystal Palace to that list. Pulis took charge of Stoke City twice. His first spell began in 2002 and his second spell began in 2006.
Palace is unbeaten in the last two games under Millen, with an International break between the two. They drew to Everton at home and won at Hull City, which saw them climb of the foot of the table.
A club statement read:
“Crystal Palace Football Club are delighted to announce the appointment of Tony Pulis as manager on a two-and-a-half-year contract.
“The experienced 55-year-old has agreed terms at Selhurst Park following a six-month break from management, since his highly-successful spell at Stoke City came to an end in May 2013.”
In his 21 years as a manager, Pulis has picked up a couple of honors with Gillingham and Stoke City. In 1995/96, Pulis guided Gillingham to second in the third division and three years later took the side to the play off finals in the second division. He also gained promotion with Stoke City in 2007/08 coming second in the Championship and took Stoke City to their first FA cup final in their 148- year history in 2010/11. Pulis guided Stoke City to five consecutive 14th+ finishes in the Premier League.
Tony Pulis believes he is the right man to guide Crystal Palace to Premier League survival. Palace signed 16 players during the summer transfer window and Pulis has vowed to continue spending in January in order to help his side escape the drop.
Pulis confirmed that Keith Millen will remain at the club on the coaching stuff and will establish his full backroom team later in the week.
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