Crystal Palace's fortunes have undergone a miraculous turnaround since the arrival of Tony Pulis
When Ian Holloway departed Crystal Palace in October, many felt it was unfair as he should have been given backing and assurances over his job. He felt the club needed a new impetus and you have to say that looking back he was right.
There were too many players at the club, and a lack of team spirit. Although it took the club a significant amount of time to employ a successor, the man they have chosen has completely turned around things. A couple of months ago you would have said that Crystal Palace were certainties for relegation and they did not look anywhere near strong enough to avoid relegation. Stats show that since Tony Pulis has come in, he has turned The Eagles into a top seven side.
Pulis has managed Crystal Palace in 14 league games, and from those they have gained 22 points. In that time only six other teams in the Premier League have had a higher points total. Unsurprisingly they are the current top six placed teams in the overall Premier League standings.
The stats show what a remarkable job he has done in such a short space of time. In the process they have made up 13 points on West Bromwich Albion and Cardiff City.
Palace fans can now be extremely hopeful that Pulis will continue to keep up his record of having never been relegated as a manager. Saturday's win against West Bromwich Albion showed the impact that the new signings can make with Tom Ince and Joe Ledley finding the net. The team had already dramatically improved before any signings were made. Huge credit has to go to the former Stoke City boss as he effectively grinded out results with the same players Ian Holloway had been using.
Of course they are far from being safe, they still only remain just three points away from the relegation places. If Palace had continued at the same rate as before Pulis took over then they would only have nine points at this stage and would almost definitely be playing Championship football next season.
It looks as if there are at least three worse sides than Crystal Palace at this moment in time and the club has gathered a lot of momentum from their performances. If relegation is avoided then Pulis would have to be a strong contender for manager of the year. Equally Gus Poyet has done an incredible job at Sunderland who also seemed doomed before his arrival.
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