Pulis to discuss Palace future

Tony Pulis confirms he will discuss future plans for him and Crystal Palace after the thrilling 3-3 draw with Liverpool.

Last Updated: 05/05/14 at 23:51 Post Comment

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Having overseen a remarkable reversal in fortunes at Selhurst Park since succeeding Ian Holloway in November 2013, Pulis is considered by many to be a serious contender for the coveted Premier League Manager of the Year award.

He did his cause no harm on Monday as Palace once again displayed commendable battling qualities to hit back from three goals down to snatch a point against Liverpool and all but end the Reds' fading title hopes.

For all of his hard work, though, Pulis has remained coy on his long-term future.

Palace co-chairman Steve Parish did, however, come out ahead of the Liverpool game to reiterate his desire to keep Pulis in the capital, and the Eagles boss has revealed he will hold talks regarding a way forward on and off the field.

Asked if he will still be in his current post next season, Pulis told Sky Sports: "I don't know, I haven't heard anything else.

"We're having a chat on Wednesday or Thursday me and Steve and just have a night together where we can sit down and talk about everything.

"The club is a smashing club, it's got fantastic support and fantastic potential, but it's a way behind what it should be. But that was the same situation at Stoke.

"I had a magnificent chairman there in Peter Coates who backed me and allowed me to build the football club up for seven, eight years. That's what you want, the backing and let people do your job. You get paid to do your job, and I enjoy doing this job."

Pulis saw Palace net three times in the final 11 minutes against Liverpool to grab a share of the spoils and he claims to have always felt that Brendan Rodgers' side were vulnerable at the back.

Goals from Joe Allen, Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez gave Liverpool a commanding lead, but Damien Delaney's deflected strike started the comeback which was completed by Dwight Gayle's late double.

"At half-time, even before the game started, we thought we could score goals against them," said Pulis.

"The important thing was trying to keep a clean slate, because they play so open. They almost play the numbers game in that they think they are going to score more goals than you. You know you are always going to get opportunities and chances against them.

"I think they have played very open all year, they have played a lot of games where they have conceded goals, twos and threes.

"I thought in the first half we did some good things but the quality in the final third was very poor, we let ourselves down and gave them the opportunity.

"All in all, I think it's summed our season up - the effort and commitment of the players has been backed up by the effort and commitment and total support from the terraces."

I'm not 100% certain but I'm sure I read back at the start of the season that Palace ring-fenced a significant proportion of their Premier League money for investment in the ground and for buying their training facility in Beckenham, which I think were leased. This should mean they can over time bring their infrastructure up to the standard. It's likely he is fishing a bit for transfer funds but recent history means the board are wary of splashing stupid money on signings these days.
- quoththeraven

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