How Pulis Saved Palace

Week 34 of the Barclays Premier League has just finished, the talking point of the week Liverpool 3, Manchester City 2. A major talking point no doubt and now there’s talk of Brendan Rodgers for the manager of the year and if Liverpool do indeed win the league then there is no doubt he deserves it, however my vote would go to Tony Pulis.

23rd of October 2013, Ian Holloway left Crystal Palace by mutal consent after being defeated by Fulham 4-1, Palace were left adrift 19th in the table and looking a certainty for relegetaion. Enter Pulis. Tony Pulis has now guided Palace to 12th in the league after a 1-0 victory over Aston Villa at the weekend, the man who has never been regelated in his career has left some pundits, journalists and fans asking the question how does he do it?

When he walked into the club he would have found a squad down in the dumps, completely robbed of any self confidence they had and any motivation they had was also gone. His first job was to pick them up, dust them off and tell them the hard hitting truth but also filling them with the confidence needed to get through the season. Thinks didn’t go so well on his first game though, a 1-0 defeat to Norwich away but the performance of the team was much better, thinks started to look up.

His main seacret however is his excellent man management skills, he’s able to make the players believe they are super human and in return they will run through brick walls for them, a little bit like Jose Mourinho in that respect. He’s also extremely hands on and takes the training sessions himself, meaning he gets all his ideas through to the players and they know exactly what to do on the pitch. While his physical, direct football tactics may not be pleasing to everyone they can’t argue it doesn’t get the job done. This tactic was used to keep Stoke in the premier league when he managed them right up to the 21st May 2013. Don’t forget this style of play also guided Stoke to the 2011 FA Cup final.

The evidence to back this up is in their current 3 game win streak, which might not seem like much but at this time in the season is absolutely vital, it could be the difference between finishing 12th or getting relegated. If the win streak isn’t enough to convice you then Pulis current record at Palace should (P:22 W:10 D:3 L:9). One of those wins was at home to Chelsea, 1-0 victory thanks to a John Terry own goal, however in that game Crystal Palace could’ve won by 3.

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I’m not the only one calling for Pulis to be named manager of the year, on the bandwagon includes former England manager Terry Venables, Current Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho and Current Crystal Palace Player Jason Puncheon. One thing people can’t argue is that Tony Pulis has indeed turned around Crystal Palace’s fourtunes for the better and I wish him all the best at the PFA awards.

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