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Crystal Palace boss dismisses Parish rumours

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Tony Pulis has quashed reports that there are problems between him and Crystal Palace chairman, Steve Parish.

Rumours were rife that the two didn't see eye-to-eye, but Pulis has moved to put those rumours to bed.

Speaking to talkSPORT, the Crystal Palace boss said: "Our relationship was a bit tetchy at the beginning but I was getting used to Steve and he was getting used to me."

Palace's 3-2 victory away to Everton last night propelled them to 11th in the league, and 10 points clear of the drop-zone with four to play. The win was their fourth in a row, and they now look to certain to be playing Premier League football again next season.

Pulis praised Parish for allowing him to bring the players he wanted in the January transfer window. "Since that period it’s been fantastic. Just look at the last transfer window and the players we brought in," he said.

"I wanted to bring those players in, and Steve went and got them for us. There was no messing about. He’s been fantastic."

Pulis' appointment was a drawn out process. Previous manager Ian Holloway left the club following a 4-1 drubbing at the hands of Fulham. Four games passed by before Pulis was finally appointed. 

At that point, the club had only seven points to their name from 12 games, with some already discarding them as relegation certainties. But since then, Pulis has guided Palace to 11 wins from 24 games, and they have the best defensive record in the league, bar Chelsea.

Pulis revealed that both Peter Coates (Stoke chairman) and Sir Alex Feguson told him to take the job. He said: "Peter Coates told me to take it. He told me I would be successful there. Sir Alex echoed that.

“Fergie said they had a great fan base, a very good academy where players were coming through and a great catchment area," he added.

“He said someone needed to get it by the scruff of the neck, drag it through this difficult period, then, hopefully, the club would push on.”


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