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Mixed Reaction To Pulis Departure

Mixed Reaction To Pulis Departure

It would be fair to say there has been somewhat of a mixed reaction to the departure of Tony Pulis by 'mutual consent' late yesterday evening.

Some aren't taking sides and just worrying rightly about the effect on the team and possible relegation worries, others are focused on the Board presumably not 'backing' Pulis in transfer windows and forcing him into a corner, and others blame Pulis for making the decision now this close to the start of the Premier League season.

The statement from the club this morning read simply.

'Crystal Palace can confirm that Tony Pulis has left the club by mutual consent with immediate effect. Keith Millen will be in temporary charge of the team for our opening game against Arsenal. The club would like to thank Tony for his efforts with the club during last season and wish him all the best for the future.'

As far as we can tell, all sides were unhappy with progress in the transfer window so far but there is only so much you can do to convince players to join when you match the transfer fee and their wage demands, but of course transfer clashes have been part of Palace life with the owners reluctant to ever risk our financial future again, and it's also fair to say any manager always wants a bit more - so the part that played in things is still unclear.

Keith Millen has already ruled out any disagreement over Wilfried Zaha, saying he was a name on our lists all summer and even those papers proposing a disagreement over him specifically in terms of him being a desire of Steve Parish and not Tony Pulis have had to admit equally Pulis never said he wasn't interested in bringing him to the club, and Parish specifically said although he'd like him to return, ultimately it would always come down to the manager.

So that's a non starter as well, but it was rumoured Pulis was ready to walk away last summer, but was convinced to stay on and despite having a bumpy relationship with Parish it was more a clash of personalities rather than any individual specific action or lack of action.

So maybe the boring truth is they just didn't form that bond that Pulis talked about having with the chairman at Stoke previously? Maybe time had just run it's course between them both rather than either of them actually shouldering any blame.

The timing could have been a damn sight better though, but in their meeting last night if things just came to a head and it was decided enough was enough, would the club have benefited from either of them trying to continue past this stage?

If there had been a major falling out as originally speculated over transfers, then it's doubtful some would be reporting today that Parish and Pulis parted on extremely good terms and I've even read somewhere that after the meeting and 'mutual termination' paperwork had been dealt with, the two of them went for a final dinner together.

If true, hardly the ending to the story you would expect given the build up yesterday.

As Millen himself said.

'Tony is a very single minded person and he knows what he wants on the football field. We've been frustrated as a club over transfers because we haven't brought in as many as we'd like to, but we've still got two weeks. Steve quite rightly has the club's interests at heart. Where they have fallen out I don't know, but you've got two strong minded people there.'

I suppose time will tell as more details become clear after the inevitable blame and recrimination game comes to an end.

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Writer:Eddy Eagle
Date:Friday August 15 2014
Time: 6:24PM

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