On Wednesday, Ian Holloway became the Premier League’s second managerial casualty of the season when he left Crystal Palace by mutual consent with the Eagles five points adrift of safety after just eight games. Tony Pulis is the favourite to replace him, and here are five reasons why he would be the right choice:
Tony Pulis’ managerial career has so far lasted for 21 years, but he is still to suffer his first relegation, which is a fine achievement having spent much of that time below the Premier League. Crystal Palace would be the biggest threat to that statistic thus far, as they are tipped by many to go down, but his record speaks for itself.
2. He has five years of Premier League experience
While Ian Holloway has only had one full season as a Premier League manager, seeing his Blackpool side relegated despite a valiant effort, Pulis managed Stoke City in the top-flight for five seasons, making them one of the toughest teams to play against. He is one of the few managers in recent years to have kept his job for a sustained period after leading a side to promotion to the Championship, which also speaks volumes.
3. He consolidated Stoke in the top-flight against the odds
Not only did he do that, he guided them to the FA Cup final in 2011, which in turn led to the Potters’ first ever European campaign, and it took Valencia to end their run. When Stoke were promoted in 2008, few expected them to last more than a season, but five and-a-half years on, they are comfortable mid-table side, thanks to Pulis, who assembled a very capable squad.
4. Crystal Palace would become much more organised
Throughout his time at Stoke, Pulis built his side from solid foundations, and no-one relished a trip to the Britannia Stadium. While his playing style may have had its critics, it has proved very effective, and Stoke’s defence has become one of the tightest in the Premier League. With the 55-year-old’s help, the likes of Adrian Mariappa and Damien Delaney could become a lot more organised.
5. If Palace are relegated, Pulis is capable of leading them back
Many of the current squad are unlikely to leave should the worst happen and Crystal Palace be relegated, so with the right combination in defence and attack, with proven Championship players having gained Premier League managers, there will be few better managers than Pulis to help Crystal Palace bounce straight back.
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