Tony Pulis leaves Crystal Palace by mutual consent

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Tony Pulis has left his position as Crystal Palace manager by mutual consent just 48 hours before the start of the Premier League season, with a dispute over transfer dealings said to have prompted his departure.

In a shock development, Tony Pulis has left Crystal Palace by mutual consent, just days before the start of the 2014-15 Premier League season.

Pulis had earlier held showdown talks with club co-chairman Steve Parish over what the manager saw as a lack of support in the transfer market, with the pair’s relationship said to have come under increasing strain in recent weeks.

Palace have only signed Frazier Campbell from Cardiff City, Brede Hangeland on a free, Blackpool's Chris Kettings and Martin Kelly from Liverpool so far this summer, and Pulis was understood to have become frustrated at missing out on various targets.

A dispute over a move for Manchester United’s Wifried Zaha said to have brought matters to a head, the former Stoke boss now leaves the Eagles after just eight months in charge, having led the club to an impressive 11th-place finish last season.

Bottom of the table in November, Palace looked doomed after picking up just four points from their first 11 games, but Pulis’s arrival would see them lose just 10 out of their remaining 26 matches, with five consecutive wins from late March to mid-April helping secure survival .

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