Crystal Palace caretaker Millen believes Pulis can deliver Premier League safety

Crystal Palace caretaker manager Keith Millen believes Tony Pulis would be able to keep the club in the Premier League – if he was offered the job of replacing Ian Holloway, the Guardian has reported.

Holloway left Selhurst Park days after Palace were beaten 4-1 at home by Fulham, leaving the newly-promoted side with seven defeats in their first eight games of the season. Palace are currently second-bottom of the table with only Sunderland – the only side Palace have beaten this season – worse off.

Millen will take charge of the Eagles for the visit of Arsenal on Saturday but it has already been confirmed by the club’s chairman Steve Parish that Pulis, latterly of Stoke City, is a name on the shortlist to fill the vacancy. Pulis left the Potters in May and has worked in the media in the months since.

Holloway admitted he felt unable to inspire Palace anymore and was out of ideas on how to improve results. The Palace squad underwent a major influx of new signings over the summer and it has been suggested that was part of the problem – and Millen admits whoever the new manager is needs to bring the players together.

We can stay up, without a doubt, but we’ve got to get the group united because if you don’t have the best players, then you need good spirit and you need them to believe,” Millen said. “The new manager needs to add that. I think a new manager coming in will lay down his rules. And if the new group doesn’t buy in to what he is saying, then as a new manager, you can move them aside.

When asked specifically about Pulis, Millen was complimentary about the manager who signed him for Bristol City in 1999. “He knows how to win football matches in the Premier League,” Millen insisted. “He reminds me of Sam Allardyce. He knows which teams to put out to win and not necessarily with the best group of players in the league.

He has great experience of dealing with Premier League players and that’s what we’ve got now,” Millen continued. “We need a manager to come in who can judge the group very quickly and get the best out of them very quickly. That comes with experience. As for Tony’s style of play, you win games, don’t you? He is one of many names who would be interested in coming here.

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