Updates from Friday, Aug. 15
Crystal Palace confirmed on Friday that Tony Pulis left the club by "mutual consent."
The following statement was posted on the club's official website:
Crystal Palace Football Club can confirm that Tony Pulis has left the club by mutual consent with immediate effect.
Keith Millen will be in temporary charge of the team for our opening Barclays Premier League game against Arsenal this Saturday.
The club would like to thank Tony for his efforts with the club during last season and wish him all the best for the future.
Tony Pulis, the reigning Premier League manager of the year, left his position as manager of Crystal Palace on Thursday by mutual consent following lengthy negotiations with the club's management.
The news was confirmed by the Daily Mail:
BREAKING: Tony Pulis has left Crystal Palace by mutual consent #cpfc— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) August 14, 2014
As shared by The Guardian's Ed Aarons, technical coach Dave Kemp will follow Pulis out the door after Saturday's Premier League opening fixture against Arsenal. Assistant manager Keith Millen will take over the reigns from Pulis:
Dave Kemp will stay on to assist Millen on Saturday and then will leave as well. Millen was in charge for Arsenal game last year— Ed Aarons (@ed_aarons) August 14, 2014
Pulis took over at Selhurst Park in November of last year and managed to avoid relegation with the Eagles, guiding them to a remarkable 11th-place finish. Sky Sports shared this image, showing the kind of positive impact he had on the club:
He was widely hailed for his unexpected success with the club, but soon, the first signs of trouble started to appear.
As reported by The Telegraph's John Percy, Pulis entered discussions regarding his future with the Palace board on Thursday, citing "clashes over transfer targets on numerous occasions."
At the time of writing, the club had only invested in two new players: Fraizer Campbell and Martin Kelly, both relatively cheap acquisitions.
Palace's reluctance to invest in the squad is double-edged. Pulis showed last year he's an expert at getting the most out of a less-than-talented squad, but the absence of new blood will make it hard for him to continue the upwards trajectory that led to him being voted manager of the year.
It's also worth remembering the Eagles are hardly a Premier League powerhouse, and too many clubs have floundered due to excessive spending in the past. Their prudence is understandable, but so was Pulis' frustration at a lack of fresh blood.
The BBC's James Wickham couldn't believe Crystal Palace would go through with this:
If Palace sack Tony Pulis, it will be the stupidest thing ever in football. Ever.— James Wickham (@JamesWickham) August 14, 2014
The Guardian's Nooruddean Choudry thinks clubs will be lining up the offers for Pulis:
Dunno what's happened at Palace but Tony Pulis won't be short of offers now.— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) August 14, 2014
Pulis will not be short on potential suitors, although it is likely he will take his time before deciding on his next project. This close to the start of the Premier League season, he'll likely have to wait for a club to struggle out of the gate and enter a similar situation as the one he used to rise to fame last season.
Palace now face the difficult task of starting the 2014-15 Premier League without the manager who saved the club from relegation last year. An opening fixture against title contenders Arsenal is the last thing the Eagles needed right now, and it could be the start to a long season at Selhurst Park.