Tony Pulis has masterminded survival for Crystal Palace this year, the first time the South London club have ever managed to secure survival in the Premier League. Despite missing out to Liverpool's Brendan Rodgers on the overall LMA manager of the Year award last night, many still believe that the accolade should be going to the 56-year old.
Pulis took over at Palace in November 2013 following the departure of Ian Holloway with the newly-promoted outfit sitting bottom of the league on just four points, but managed to secure 11th place thanks to a remarkable turnaround.
After sealing promotion to the Barclays Premier League via the playoffs, the Eagles had a rocky reminder of what life in the top flight is like early this season, having been playing their football in the second tier of English football since relegation in the 2005.
Palace were already written off by most pundits, and fans alike, when Pulis took over, but the job that the former Stoke boss has done, finishing the season in mid-table comfort with a staggering 45 points - almost double what most assumed the club would gain - is nothing short of sensational.
Pulis' team also had a major say in the race for the title, after seeing off Chelsea at Selhurst Park, courtesy of a John Terry own goal, and then completing a remarkable turnaround against Liverpool.
That memorable comeback ensured that Palace came from 3-0 down to level the score against the Reds in 11 minutes, leaving Liverpool dumbfounded, and the title very much in Man City's hands.
The winner of the LMA Manager of the Year title, however, was Liverpool's Brendan Rodgers, a great contender, and deserved winner.
The manager guided Liverpool to their greatest season in years, narrowly missing out on the title, a fantastic season has seen the reds climb to second place - a firm reminder to the footballing nation what a great club they are.
Pulis had to make do with the prize of Premier League manager of the year, but will be delighted that his efforts are gaining the widespread acclaim that they deserve.
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