There are plenty of manager of the season candidates at the moment, and rightly so. Whether you choose Brendan Rodgers of Liverpool or Roberto Martinez for their Merseyside rivals, there is a very strong candidate sitting at SE25.
Tony Pulis took over from flamboyant manager Ian Holloway in November with Palace having been relegated in every season they had played in England's top vision.
Many may have laughed at the 55-year-old when he assured fans and the media that he could keep the Eagles in the Premier League, but no one is laughing now.
Pulis has seen 10 wins and 3 draws from his 23 games in charge with Palace now sitting pretty in 12th with 37 points. His style grew out of fashion at the Britannia though, but down at Selhurst Park, nobody is complaining one little bit.
The first thing Pulis changed was making his side harder to beat, rather than just scoring goals. He did this by spending time organising his defence, and highlighting their strengths, nullifying their weaknesses. Although it may sound simple, it is a meticulous process.
Then, at the first opportunity, he bought in an experienced and valued defender in Scott Dann. In front of that, he bought in Joe Ledley to sure up the midfield next to the ever present Mile Jedinak.
The next step was to get the team scoring more goals, in whatever way they could. Grabbing Thomas Ince was a great coup and with trickster Yannick Bolasie proving tough to handle, Jason Puncheon and Marouanne Chamakh have both reaped the rewards. 1-0 wins may not be the greatest, but they are valuable at Palace, and when they are coming against the likes of Chelsea, what does it matter?
Pulis has done an outstanding job, with many other managers already conceding that he is their favourite for the end of year accolade. Whatever the outcome, it seems certain that Crystal Palace will be enjoying another year in England's elite.
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