Pulis leaves Palace in Peril

Crystal Palace boss and last season’s Premier League Manager of the Year Tony Pulis has sensationally left his Selhurst Park job on the eve of the new season starting. If reports are to be believed then Pulis was disgruntled about the failures in the transfer market this summer, most notably regarding their two key targets Steven Caulker and Gylfi Sigurdsson.

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Going deeper there also seems to be a disagreement with co-chairman Steve Parish about the manager’s wider involvement at the club, and whether Pulis himself felt he could have helped land said targets had he been more involved in the process. Although we aren’t entirely sure at this moment in time whether he has quit, been sacked or left by mutual consent, but it feels all too similar to Kevin Keegan’s infamous return to Newcastle in 2008, who quit amidst wrangling with the board and then Director of Football Dennis Wise regarding transfers he had no say in.

Whatever the circumstance, and given the heroics the former Stoke man achieved last season, the news comes as a bitter blow to Palace fans, and indeed the club’s survival chances. His replacement will have a massive pair of shoes to fill.

As ever, Hit Row Z has you covered for analysis on the implications of this story. Check out:

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