Oh bugger – 2 days before the season starts! Why………………Grr
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.
TONY Pulis says he is “desperate” to get striker Glenn Murray back in the Crystal Palace team after his return from injury.
Speaking ahead of Palace’s game with Manchester United on Saturday evening, the Palace gaffer said he was looking forward to last season’s top scorer’s return.
“Glenn’s got another week under his belt, he’s trained really hard and he’s a natural goalscorer, he got 30-odd goals last year before he got injured so we’re desperate to get him back and get him in the team,” Pulis said.
The former Stoke City manager also quipped that one more point than the team who finishes 18th would keep his side up.
He added: “The important thing is you try and go out and win every game. I don’t think we can look any further than the next game in this league.
“If you win games, you’ve got to keep your feet on the ground and keep pushing forward and that’s how it’s got to be from now until the end of the season.”
And the Welshman once again praised the Eagles’ support, who he thinks are a vital part of the team’s success.
Pulis said: “The supporters have been wonderful, they’ve been absolutely magnificent. They’ve picked the baton up and really led from the front. The whole experience of a Premier League game like that at Palace starts with the supporters. They have really, really led the team.
“The players really understand and appreciate the support they’ve got. The supporters understand how difficult this task is and how difficult it will be. They’ve been absolutely fantastic and a credit to football supporters in general.
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