After nine months as Crystal Palace’s manager, Tony Pulis decided to leave the club due to the transfer policy of Crystal Palace. Pulis was becoming more and more frustrated at the front office’s inability to sign targets that Pulis wanted. Pulis believed that with these targets, Crystal Palace would be strengthened immensely and would have a chance to compete this season in the English Premier League.
The shocking part about this situation is the timing of it. Pulis left the club merely two days before the beginning match against Arsenal putting the team in a very awkward position. Also, today Crystal Palace went on to sign Liverpool defender Martin Kelly.
Last season, Pulis led Palace to an unimaginable finish by finishing eleventh in the league and escaping relegation by six spots. Pulis was an absolute savior for Crystal Palace as Palace came from the Coca Cola Championship League the year before and were immediately predicted to become relegated at the end of last season. Pulis was able to keep Palace around for another season in the Premier League, a tremendous accomplishment in the eyes of fans and players.
The main gripe that pushed Pulis over the edge was the club’s inability to bring in Steven Caulker, Michu and Gylfi Sigurdsson. Caulker signed for Queens Park Rangers, Michu to Napoli and Sigurdsson found himself at Swansea City.
This is a huge blow for Crystal Palace fans as this could push Crystal Palace back into relegation talks. Former Celtic manager Neil Lennon and former Cardiff manager Malky Mackay are reportedly among the top names on the list to replace Pulis.