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Tony Pulis quits Crystal Palace over summer transfer struggles

Coral have cut Crystal Palace’s odds on Premier League relegation to 7/4 following the news that manager Tony Pulis has left the club by mutual consent.

It is understood the Welshman, 56, has departed Selhurst Park because of a row with Eagles co-chairman Steve Parish about a lack of transfer activity this summer and over areas of responsibility.

Palace have failed to land a number of reported targets, including England caps and central defender Steven Caulker, who opted for London rivals QPR instead, as well as Iceland international midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, who rejoined Swansea.

The new of Pulis’ exit from south London comes on the same day the Eagles signed Liverpool defender Martin Kelly on a three-year deal for a reported £1.5m. Other Palace signings made this summer so far are forward Fraizer Campbell and former Fulham captain Brede Hangeland, as well as Scottish stopper Chris Kettings.

Arriving in November 2013 with the Eagles struggling, Pulis not only made history by keeping them up for the first time in the Premier League era, but steered them to an 11th place finish last term. He won 12 of his 28 games in charge of Palace (a percentage of just less than 43).

This sensational news comes less than 48 hours before the club’s opening league game of the season away at cross-capital rivals Arsenal. Pulis’ assistant Keith Millen will be in caretaker charge for that game, as he was prior to the appointment of the former Stoke City boss when Ian Holloway left.

Palace were tipped by Coral experts to replicate a similar finish to last season in our Premier League predictions earlier on during the day of Pulis’ exit but, unless they can find a new manager with a proven track record of keeping teams up, a relegation battle now looks likely.

Check back on Coral’s news site for further updates and reaction to this story in the run-up to the Premier League kick-off.