London - Tony Pulis is reported to have left
Crystal Palace by mutual consent in a shock move prompted by disagreements over
the Premier League club's transfer policy, according to reports on Thursday.
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Eagles boss Pulis had grown frustrated by Palace's failure to push
through deals for various players he targeted to strengthen the squad and
several media outlets reported he had parted ways with the south London club
following showdown talks with co-chairman Steve Parish.
56-year-old's reported exit comes less than 48 hours before Palace kick off
their Premier League campaign with a daunting fixture against Arsenal at the
earlier drastically cut the odds on Pulis being the
next Premier League manager to leave his post, with some closing the market due
to heavy betting on the former Stoke boss, who had gone from being a 40-1 shot
on Wednesday to the odds-on favourite.
Palace did not
immediately respond to requests to clarify the situation, but it is believed
they will issue a statement on Friday to address the resignation before holding
an afternoon press conference.
Pulis led Palace to an impressive 11th place finish in the Premier League last
season after inheriting a squad languishing in the relegation zone in November.
completely transformed Palace's fortunes and was named the League Managers
Association's Premier League manager of the year in May.
of the meeting involving Pulis and Parish emerged,
Palace clinched their fourth signing since the end of last season with the £1.5
million capture of Liverpool defender Martin Kelly.
Pulis had previously signed Chris Kettings, Fraizer Campbell and Brede
Hangeland, but is said to be disappointed Parish couldn't push through deals
for Steven Caulker, Michu and Gylfi Sigurdsson.
signed for QPR, Michu joined Napoli and Sigurdsson returned to Swansea from
Pulis is believed to have wanted total control of Palace's recruitment policy,
but Parish was reluctant to let the manager be in sole charge of player
movement as he wanted to avoid putting the club's future at risk by
boss Neil Lennon and ex-Cardiff chief Malky Mackay are reported to be among the
contenders to replace Pulis.