Crystal palace have confirmed Tony Pulis as their new manager on a two-and-a-half year deal.
The Welshman succeeds Ian Holloway, who resigned from the position in October, having decided he had lost the respect of the squad following the ‘Eagles’ poor start to the 2013/14 Premier League season.
Pulis is expected take charge of the Selhurst Park outfit against Norwich next weekend, while caretaker manager Keith Millen, who has not recorded a victory as an interim manager, remains in charge for Saturday’s trip to Hull.
Palace’s start in the ongoing league season, with four points from eleven games, has been described as the worst in the club’s history. They’ve only beaten Sunderland this season and recorded a goalless draw against Everton last two weeks.
Having never survived a season in the Premier League before, the club have opted for an experienced manager in Pulis, who has never been relegated in 21 years as a manager.
The 55-year-old Pulis became Stoke City manager for a second time in 2006 and helped them gain promotion two years later after a 23-year absence.
He guided the Potters to their first FA Cup final in the 2010/11 season and did not finish below the 14th position in five seasons in the Premier League.
Wales manager Chris Coleman, former Chelsea defender Dan Petrescu, Ian Dowie and the new Middlesbrough coach Aitor Karanka have all been linked with the Selhurst Park job.
Palace sit bottom of the Premier League, six points from safety ahead of Saturday’s trip to the KC Stadium, after gaining promotion via the Championship playoff in May.