Crystal Palace return to Pulis to fill managerial vacancy

Premier League strugglers Crystal Palace will approach former Stoke City manager Tony Pulis for the second time in an attempt to fill the vacancy left by Ian Holloway, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

Holloway left Selhurst Park after a 4-1 home defeat to Fulham in October and the post has remained empty ever since, with Keith Millen taking caretaker charge. Pulis was among the first names linked to the position and held talks with the division’s bottom side but an agreement could not be reached, the newspaper notes.

Since then Palace have explored other possibilities and had seemed set to appoint former Chelsea, Sheffield Wednesday and Romania defender Dan Petrescu, who is currently with Dinamo Moscow, but the venture stalled. Former Palace boss Iain Dowie has also been spoken to but the feeling is he would not be welcomed by supporters after leaving in controversial circumstances.

It is understood that Palace and Pulis were far apart of his salary, bonus for keeping the club in the top flight this season and the transfer budget he would have available for January. But having so far been frustrated in their attempts to find a successor to Holloway, Palace have altered their offer to Pulis and the former Potters boss could be appointed prior to the weekend’s fixture with Hull.

Pulis left Stoke in the summer after seven years at the club, his second spell in charge. In that time he delivered promotion to the Premier League and established Stoke as a top table team, leaving at the end of his contract. As a player Pulis was a teammate of Holloway’s at Bristol Rovers.

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