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Tony Pulis has been appointed as the new manager of Crystal Palace and has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract at Selhurst Park.
The post became available after Ian Holloway’s decision to step down, with the Eagles languishing in the bottom three of the Premier League table after a poor start to the campaign.
Keith Millen has been working on a caretaker basis for the past few weeks while the board sorted out who would replace the former Blackpool chief in the Crystal Palace hot-seat.
Pulis faces a tough task to keep the Londoners in the top flight as they are currently at the foot of the standings, with just four points from 11 games played, although the 0-0 draw with Everton last time out stopped a sequence of seven straight losses.
Pulis has experience of working under intense pressure, having kept Stoke City in the promised land for five seasons after gaining promotion back in 2008.
The 55-year-old left the Potters in the summer and was immediately linked with the Palace job once Holloway had decided that enough was enough.
Former Chelsea star Dan Petrescu was also linked and the bookies’ favourite at one stage, but it will be the former Newport County defender who is charged with the task of stabilising the club and trying to keep them in the Premier League for the first time in their history.
Pulis will take sole charge of first-team affairs following Saturday’s game against Hull City, with caretaker boss Keith Millen remaining in the dug-out at the KC Stadium.