Pulis out to prove the punters wrong and keep Crystal Palace in the Premier League

Wandsworth Guardian: Tony Pulis: Out to prove people wrong as the new Palace boss Tony Pulis: Out to prove people wrong as the new Palace boss

A new Eagle has swooped into Selhurst Park and is out to prove people wrong by keeping Crystal Palace in the Premier League.

Tony Pulis was unveiled to the Palace faithful this afternoon and admitted that staying in the top flight would be tough, but he was looking forward to the challenge.

The former Stoke City, Portsmouth and Gillingham manager was announced as the new Eagles supremo on Saturday morning, before Keith Millen oversaw the 1-0 win at Hull City.

Pulis’s first game in charge will be the trip to Norwich City this weekend, with his first match at Selhurst Park coming the following Tuesday when West Ham United are the visitors.

“Everyone expects us to get relegated and it will be nice to prove people wrong,” Pulis said.

"I like climbing hills and this will be a tough job but one I will relish."

He added: "What people don't talk about with my record is that I've been promoted from every division and got to the Cup final and last 32 of Europe.”

"You do get pigeonholed for things and people say I've not been relegated but I've won promotions and have been very successful."

Holloway resigned on October 23, meaning it has taken the Palace board one month to find their man, but chairman Steve Parish defended the lengthy appointment process.

"Did it take so long? What's the right time? If you are hiring a manager for two or three years you need to get it right.

"I was not expecting Ian to go and we needed to think about the right thing. We all want to stay in this division but you need to get the right manager to take the club back up as well.

"I don't know Tony but just to bring someone in I've met for half an hour would be stupid.

“Our direction needs to be right. I don't care if anyone says it is too long, I don't work to their timescales. We're pleased with the outcome."


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