Tony Pulis is on the verge of leaving Crystal Palace this evening after he met club owner Steve Parish for ‘crisis talks’. The BBC, Sky Sports News and various other media outlets are reporting the major developments at the London club.
The news will come as a hammer blow to Palace fans just 2 days before the new season kicks off. It is thought that Parish and Pulis will meet to talk about the failure to sign a number of targets. Pulis is thought to find the lack of transfer activity as detrimental to the squad’s survival hopes despite Martin Kelly joining today and deals for Cardiff’s Fraizer Campbell, free-agent Brede Hangeland and Blackpool’s Chris Kettings.
It is thought Pulis feels completely restricted in his preparations and will make that clear to Parish during his meeting with him this evening. Odds on the welshman staying at the club have been slashed from 40/1 to 7/2 with some bookmakers.
Last season Tony Pulis saved Crystal Palace after his arrival in December and turned a 17% win percentage before his arrival into a 42% one by the end of the campaign. With the club looking to kick on in 2014/15 the sacking/departure of Pulis right before the season kicks off will be significant in deciding their fate. No doubt, if he leaves, then Palace’s odds will be cut to make them amongst relegation favourites.
By Gareth Thomas | August 14th, 2014