Crystal Palace should have been looking forward and gearing up for their second season in the Premier League following their incredible 11th place finish last year under their savior, Tony Pulis. But in the week building up to their opening game of the season, the unthinkable happened as Pulis resigned from Palace by mutual consent.
Since then there has been an unbelievable amount of goings on at Selhurst Park, starting with the attempted appointment of former Cardiff City boss Malky Mackay. What followed was quite staggering for Crystal Palace. Mackay was forced from taking the job as news broke that he sent racist and sexist texts to other members of the Cardiff City staff and officials whilst manager of the Welsh-club. Crystal Palace’s head of recruitment, Ian Moody, was also involved in the debacle whilst with Mackay at Cardiff, and he was also alleged to have sent such texts. This led to Moody resigning from his post at Palace with immediate effect. Add all this to the fact that Tim Sherwood ruled himself out of the job and the last week at Crystal Palace has been nothing short of incredible.
Keith Millen took charge of first-team matters and subsequently lost the opening two games. Palace came very close to claiming a very creditable point at the Emirates on opening day, but a last minute Aaron Ramsey winner took all three points from the Eagles in heartbreaking fashion. Then Crystal Palace entertained West Ham United at Selhurst Park; unfortunately for Palace they weren’t at the races and deservedly lost the game 3-1.
Pulis took over from Palace when the Eagles were rock-bottom of the Premier League last November. He went on to perform miracles and won 12 games whilst manager to not only keep them up, but reach a remarkable 11th place finish. In the process he became the first manager to keep Crystal Palace in the Premier League following promotion from the Championship.
Maybe a manager like Pulis for a team like Crystal Palace will be irreplaceable, but the Palace fans would certainly be hoping that’s not the case. Palace and Pulis just seemed to be the perfect fit, and if Crystal Palace are to do the unthinkable again and survive, the Eagles’ chairman Steve Parish has the hard task of finding another Pulis.