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Premier League: Crystal Palace begin search for new manager after Ian Holloway's departure, with Tony Pulis in the running


Ian Holloway left Crystal Palace after a candid news conference last night, with Tony Pulis the bookie's favourite to replace him.

It is far too rare these days that a manager will hold his hands up and admit that he does not feel up to the task anymore, but Ian Holloway's press conference on Wednesday evening was unflinchingly honest, as he departed Palace in a dignified manner.

He admitted that he was 'tired' and did not have the energy to keep Palace in the Premier League, and wanted to step aside now to give a new manager plenty of time to try and turn things around.

Both Holloway and the club were very quick to make the point that there was no animosity over his leaving, with Holloway himself being the one who instigated talks after Palace's 4-1 defeat to Fulham on Monday, with the club reluctantly agreeing to a mutual termination of his contract.

But despite the emotional exit of Holloway, football moves on quickly, and talk of his successor is well under way, with Tony Pulis now favourite to take the job at Selhurst Park.

Former Palace manager Neil Warnock had gone in as an early favourite but has been pushed out by Pulis, who has been out of work since he left Stoke at the end of last season.

Pulis sent seven years at Stoke, leading them to the Premier League and keeping there, with his oft criticised direct style of play.

He was linked heavily with the recent vacancy at Sunderland until it emerged that Gus Poyet was taking the job.

Having never been relegated as a manager, Pulis' profile would suggest he could be the ideal candidate to keep the club in the top flight.

But whether the terraces will take to his direct style after the flare that Holloway always tried to put into his sides.

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