Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis was named the LMA Manager of the Year at the gala in London on Monday evening, capping off an excellent season for the former Stoke boss after he guided the Eagles to a comfortable 11th placed finish in the Premier League.
The League Managers’ Association award is based on the resources available to each manager and is voted for by the members of the association, and having transformed his new club from relegation candidates to a comfortable mid table team within the space of a few months, the Welshman has been given the award for the first time.
Pulis took charge of Palace at the end of November with the club sitting six points from safety, with the club having been relegated in all four seasons they had played in the Premier League previous to this season.
Palace had only taken 7 points from their first twelve games, but under the guidance of Pulis throughout the rest of the campaign they would pick up another 11 wins from the 26 remaining games, leaving them comfortably sitting in 11th place in the league.
A particular spell of five wins in a row during the tail end of March to April will undoubtedly have given Pulis a huge shot in the arm, with regards to both his side’s league position and the win of the award itself. A late season win at Everton and Palace’s late comeback against Liverpool were amongst some of the club’s best results of the season, and credit has gone to Pulis for masterminding a great recovery.