Eagles caretaker admits Pulis has Premier League winning experience required
Crystal Palace caretaker manager Keith Millen admits Tony Pulis has a vital attribute in the race to become Ian Holloway’s successor – a proven ability to win Premier League matches.
Pulis is the odds-on favourite to replace Ollie after co-chairman Steve Parish revealed yesterday he would talk to the former Stoke boss about the vacant position in SE25.
And Millen, who is in temporary control until an appointment is made, already knows first-hand what Pulis could potentially bring to the club having played under him in the late 1990s.
“I know Tony, he knows a good player because he signed me at Bristol City!” the Eagles caretaker said.
“He knows his stuff. He has got great experience in the Premier League and he has got great experience from dealing with Premier League players.
“That’s we are now – we are a Premier League club with Premier League players.
“I don’t really want to speculate or comment too much on managers that might be coming in.
“I do know Tony and he has had great success with Stoke, so we will have to see.”
When asked if Pulis could get the best out of a struggling squad which has only one win to its name so far this season, Millen replied: “You need a manager to come in that can judge a group very quickly and get the best out of them pretty quickly, so that really comes with experience I think.
“With Tony’s style of play you win football matches, don’t you.
“Maybe that’s what you’ve got to do - whether it is whatever style, we need to win football matches.
“So whoever comes in needs to assess the group very quickly and get the best out of them.”
Departing boss Holloway admitted yesterday he had not been able to get his hastily assembled batch of new signings to gel with the players who had won the Eagles promotion.
But Millen feels it can still be done and that Palace can defy the odds by surviving in the Premier League.
He explained: “We have got to get the group united better because if you haven’t got the best players then you need a good team spirit, you need them to work hard for each other and you need them to believe.
“I think that’s probably the timing of a new manager coming needs to add new ideas, new belief and there is enough quality in that squad I feel to get enough points hopefully to stay up.
“Whoever it is will come into a great club and there are some decent players there. “They need a fresh voice and new ideas may rejuvenate them.
“There has been a lot of talk about the group and the splits, it is more it is a new group for me. “We signed a lot of players on deadline day.
“We are trying to learn how they are going to fit into what we are trying to do and there is no real rift in the changing room or nothing like that.
“It is more that it is a new group that need to know each other and how they all work together.”
However, Millen reckons it is highly unlikely the new manager will be in place for this weekend’s glamour Selhurst date with Arsenal, a game which he will oversee.
The caretaker said: “It would be nice but I can’t imagine something would happen that quick because the decision from Ian and the chairman only happened yesterday, so I would be amazed if someone is in place by Saturday.
“I love working at Palace, they are the club I’ve supported but I also know when new managers come in they bring their own staff who know them and have worked with them so we will have to wait and see.”
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