London - Crystal Palace broke their silence on Friday over the abrupt
departure of manager Tony Pulis, confirming it had been by "mutual
He left the club
on Thursday after talks with chairman Simon Parish, prompted by disagreements
over the Premier League club's transfer policy.
in a statement on their website on Friday: "Crystal Palace Football Club
can confirm that Tony Pulis has left the club by mutual consent with immediate
Millen will be in temporary charge of the team for our opening Barclays Premier
League game against Arsenal this Saturday.
would like to thank Tony for his efforts with the club during last season and
wish him all the best for the future."
appointed manager in November and led Palace to survival and an impressive 11th
place finish, an achievement that earned him the Premier League manager of the
But he had grown
frustrated by Palace's failure to push through deals for various players he
targeted to strengthen the squad.
56-year-old's exit came less than 48 hours before Palace kick off their campaign
with a daunting fixture at the Emirates Stadium.
He 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 over-spending.
boss Neil Lennon and ex-Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay are reported to be
among the early frontrunners to replace Pulis.