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Thursday, 21 November 2013 10:01

Crystal Palace ready for Tony Pulis

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Tony Pulis looks to be a near certainty to be appointed the next manager of Crystal Palace, with all reports confirming the club would like him to be in place for the next English Premier League match against Hull.

Sports betting fans looking to have a bet on the London club staying in the Premier League will be a bit disappointed to learn that The Eagles Board had little choice but to come back to Pulis. This is because of the lack of quality candidates being attracted to the ‘challenge’ of bringing back the club from the near impossible position of being currently bottom of the table, with only one win from eleven games.

Tony Pulis was the manager of Stoke City and was successful in getting the club promoted to the Premier League in 2008 after being two years in charge. Pulis and Stoke parted ways by mutual consent, as the club told him a ‘different direction’ was needed. His track record with Stoke City in the Premier League was not shabby, with the club always finishing above 15th place in five seasons.

So there will be no concerns on his 21 year coaching experience, especially with regards to managing a club coming up from the lower league into the EPL. He will be very familiar with the issues that need to be addressed and resolved for any club being able to cope in the top league in the English game. Steve Parish, the Palace chairman, will be expecting the new manager to be strengthening the squad during the January transfer window and hoping that there will be enough time for the new manager to work a miracle for the club.

The job of Premier League survival will be near impossible, with the stats on a club staying up from their present position being zero. However, Tony Pulis has never experienced being relegated in his career, and Crystal Palace will be praying that he will be able to extend this particular statistic as their new manager. Paddypower reflects The Eagles dark future as they are priced 18/1 on, to be relegated at the end of the season.