Crystal Palace turn to Pulis after Holloway departure

Crystal Palace have made Tony Pulis their first choice to take over from Ian Holloway and will approach the former Stoke City manager about the vacancy, BBC Sport has reported, after Holloway left the Premier League strugglers by mutual consent.

Holloway’s departure from Selhurst Park was confirmed on Wednesday after the former Blackpool manager revealed he did not feel he had the energy to keep the Eagles in the top flight. His last game in charge was a 4-1 home defeat against Fulham on Monday.

Palace chairman Steve Parish confirmed that Pulis would be the first candidate to whom he would speak, and also that Holloway was not forced into leaving the south London club. “ He’s never been relegated, and he’s out of work. We’ll look,” Parish said of Pulis.

I was more than happy to get relegated and come back up with Ian,” Parish continued. “The word ‘sacked’ has never been mentioned among the directors. I’ve spent three days trying to get Ian in the frame of mind that he can do it against Arsenal [on Saturday].

You’d love to have someone in place next week but I haven’t got a list. I wanted Ian to wake up and say ‘sorry about the blip’ and stay.

Palace have lost seven of their eight games in the Premier League this season and currently sit 19th. Only Sunderland, the only team Palace have beaten, are below them. Palace were promoted via the play-offs after defeating Watford in the Wembley showpiece in May.

Pulis, meanwhile, took Stoke into the Premier League in 2008 and maintained their top flight status, never finishing lower than 14th in the five seasons he led the Potters in the division. But he left Stoke this summer after the club decided to go in a new direction and appointed Mark Hughes.

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