Tony Pulis has masterminded survival for Crystal Palace this year and has been rewarded with the Premier League Manager of the Year award.

Pulis took over at Palace in November 2013, following the departure of Ian Holloway from the newly promoted outfit; and with the team sitting bottom of the league, with only four points, the turnaround to secure 11th place has been a remarkable effort.

After sealing promotion to the Premier League, via the playoffs, the Eagles had a rocky reminder to what life in the top flight is like, having been playing their football in the second tier of English football since relegation in the 2004/05 season.

Palace were being 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 the top half of the table, with a staggering 45 points - almost double what most assumed the club would gain - resulting in the security of Premier League football for the team next year.

Pulis' team also had a major say with 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 in 11 minutes, leaving Liverpool dumbfounded, and the title very much in Man City's hands.

Whether or not Pulis will be at the south London club next season remains to be seen, with talks between him and the board set to take place soon, but one thing is for sure: this season has been an overwhelming success for Pulis and Crystal Palace, and whatever happens the manager will be a favourite at the club for years to come.

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