With the recent departure of Ian Holloway at the helm of Crystal Palace - attention has turned to the man who will replace him.
While their are many managers being backed like Stuart Pearce and Avram Grant by the bookies, there is one candidate who stands out above the rest: Tony Pulis.
We look at three of the reasons why Pulis would meet all the requirements Palace need in their new gaffer.
1. Pulis has never been relegated as a manager and as such has the strength to raise a teams morale no matter how low and make them believe.
This is achieved by playing a style that while being less attractive, plays to the strengths of the whole and not individual parts. Thus, the whole team feel part of it, raising their enthusiasm for the cause and in turn, increasing confidence, causing form to improve.This is because crucially, Pulis recognises the most important thing about football: to win.
Pulis plays to his side's strengths, with the Rory Delap throw for instance, knowing that anything which gives his team an edge is a good thing, as it increases their chances of staying afloat in a competitive league.
2. Pulis is a tactical thinker and knows when it's time to switch philosophy.
If a Pulis side goes a goal up against a better team, the shape changes and consolidation becomes central. This gives a firm base to play from and as the minutes tick down, the opposition's frustration at not being able to penetrate the line leads to sloppy play and so the possibility of counter attacking moves, to finally kill off the game.
This would have made a big difference in the recent fixture at Fulham as had Crystal Palace consolidated at 1-0, they wouldn't have allowed the ball over the top to reach Pajtim Kasami for the first goal for example, because they would have been playing a deeper line.
3. Finally, there are huge similarities between the character of Ian Holloway and the Welshman in that they both have huge passion and desire for their sides.
Pulis became famous at Stoke for his outspoken opinions on strange refereeing decisions or cheating from opponents.
This would go down well with the Palace faithful, as while obvious footballing differences exist, he is a character that fans grow to love, simply because his passion for his team is incredible. He contests every decision and wants to win every battle himself, illustrated by the 'physical' game that his Stoke side became renowned for.
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