Crystal Palace are manager-less no more.
More than four weeks after parting ways with Ian Holloway in October, the struggling Eagles have officially agreed to terms with former Stoke City manager Tony Pulis.
The club website confirmed the news:
Crystal Palace Football Club are delighted to announce the appointment of Tony Pulis as manager on a two-and-a-half-year contract.
Pulis will take charge of the first team following today's game against Hull City, with caretaker boss Keith Millen remaining in the dugout at the KC Stadium.
Pulis will watch the match against the Tigers from the stands, with his first game in charge of the club coming against Norwich City on Saturday 30th November.
The experienced 55-year-old has agreed terms at Selhurst Park following a six-month break from management, since his highly-successful spell at Stoke City came to an end in May 2013.
Pulis' goal will be simple: help guide Palace to Premier League survival. Michael Bridge of Sky Sports breaks down the hiring via Twitter:
People will quickly talk about his style of football, but if Palace are serious about staying up, Tony Pulis is the right man for the job.— Michael Bridge (@MichaelBridge_) November 23, 2013
After 11 matches, the South London club have managed a meagre four points and currently sit at the bottom of the table.
As such, the veteran Welshman—who has a history of getting results on small budgets and has never been relegated as a manager—has an incredibly tall task in front of him.
Following an up-and-down first stint with Stoke in the early 2000s, the 55-year-old re-joined the Potters in June 2006. He led the squad to a second-place finish in the Championship during the 2007-08 season, earning promotion to the EPL and giving Stoke its first spot in top-flight competition in 26 years.
He also led Stoke to the FA Cup final in 2011 before losing 1-0 to Manchester City.
Was this a good hire for Crystal Palace?
Pulis may not serve as a glamorous hire, but Palace are in no position to get picky. When it comes down to it, he is someone with plenty of experience in England, who will have enough time to get comfortable with his roster before making an impact in the January transfer window.
It looked at one point that the deal between these two sides was going to break down, but Palace decided to open up the checkbook to make the hire.
Whether or not it was worth it will be decided in the coming months.