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Pulis leaves Palace

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By Joe Haining

Friday 15 August 2014

Tony Pulis has dramatically left his post as manager of Crystal Palace on the eve of the Premier League season, BBC Sport has confirmed.

Tony Pulis

It is thought the 56-year-old Welshman had become increasingly frustrated by the Eagles’ transfer policy this summer, and with the general direction the club was taking.

The relationship between Pulis and Palace chairman Steve Parish had become increasingly strained, and following a meeting between the pair, it was announced that Pulis would leave the club with immediate effect by mutual consent.

Palace’s activity in the transfer market is currently the responsibility sporting director Iain Moody, and it is said that Pulis had expressed his desire to take personal control of this aspect of club business.

While Palace have signed full back Martin Kelly from Liverpool, Cardiff City striker Fraizer Campbell and former Fulham defender Brede Hangeland this summer, a number of Pulis’ other preferred targets have slipped through the net.

Both Kelly and Hangeland had just this week spoken of Pulis’ influence in persuading them to move to Selhurst Park, and his departure has left the club in some turmoil.

Pulis’ former assistant Keith Millen will take charge of the team for their Premier League opener against Arsenal, while coaches Gerry Francis and Dave Kemp have agreed to stay until after the curtain raising London derby.

Pulis arrived at Palace in November 2013 with the club bottom of the Premier League and seemingly heading for relegation. But he revived their fortunes to the extent that they finished 11th, their highest league placing since 1992, and Pulis was rewarded by being named Premier League Manager of the Season.

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