Manager: Tony Pulis
Tony Pulis may have spent 17 years playing for the likes of Bristol Rovers, Gillingham and Bournemouth, but he had set his sights on going into coaching from a very young age.
The Welshman obtained his FA coaching badge at the tender age of 19, followed by his UEFA 'A' licence aged 21 – making him one of the youngest professional players ever to have obtained the qualification.
His first shot at management came at Bournemouth, where he was promoted from player/coach in 1992 to become successor to Harry Redknapp, who had swapped the south coast for West Ham.
After overseeing two successive 17th place finishes at the Cherries, Pulis moved on to Gillingham in the summer of 1995, leading them to promotion from the Third Division in his first season in charge. Three years later he took the Gills to the Second Division Play-Off Final, where they lost to Manchester City on penalties after infamously conceding a stoppage time equaliser from Paul Dickov.
Pulis then had spells at Bristol City and Portsmouth ahead of his first stint in charge at Stoke City, where he spent a total of 10 seasons by the time he departed the club for a second time in May 2013. His first period at The Britannia Stadium began in November 2002, following the resignation of Steve Cotterill. Pulis led the club to First Division survival after a 1-0 win over Reading on the final day – thanks to a goal from on-loan Palace striker Ade Akinbiyi.
After spending the 2005/06 season at Championship rivals Plymouth Argyle, Pulis returned to the Potteries and finished just outside the play-offs in his first season back at the helm. The following year, Stoke finished second to secure promotion to the Premier League for the 2008/09 campaign – which would be the club’s first season in English football’s top flight for 23 years.
Despite being tipped for an instant return to the Championship, Pulis led Stoke to 12th place and the club went one better to finish 11th in May 2010. A year later, Stoke reached their first ever FA Cup Final after thrashing Bolton 5-0 at the semi-final stage, only to be beaten to the famous trophy by Manchester City.
With City already guaranteed a Champions League place, finishing as runners-up was enough to see Stoke qualify for the Europa League and they became the first team in the club’s history to win a two-legged European tie, when they knocked out Hajduk Split in a qualifying play-off.
Pulis led Stoke into the knockout stages, advancing from a tough group that contained Besiktas, Dynamo Kiev and Maccabi Tel Aviv, before losing to Spanish side Valencia.
At a domestic level, Stoke finished 13th in the 55-year-old's final season at the helm and he departed The Britannia Stadium having maintained an impressive record of never being relegated in his time as a manager.
Assistant Manager: Keith Millen
Croydon-born Millen returned to south London alongside Ian Holloway, having assisted him at Blackpool from the beginning of the 2012/13 season.
The former defender had spent time at Palace as a youngster but made his professional debut for Brentford in 1983. Millen amassed over 300 league appearances for the Bees during an 11-year spell at the club, during which he helped them to the Third Division title in 1991/92. He then won back-to-back promotions with Watford in the late 90s as they reached the Premier League, before spending four seasons at Bristol City.
After ending his playing career at Ashton Gate in 2003, Millen remained at the club in a coaching facility, but had two spells as the club's caretaker manager in September 2005 and during the final months of the 2009/10 season. After Steve Coppell's brief stay at the club, Millen was handed the reins on a permanent basis in September 2010.
He remained in charge until October 2011 and following his departure undertook some scouting for Blackpool before becoming assistant manager under Holloway the following summer.
Following Holloway's departure from Palace in October 2013, Millen spent a successful period in charge as caretaker manager and was retained as Tony Pulis' assistant after his appointment.
First Team Coach: Ben Garner
Technical Coach: David Kemp
Coach: Gerry Francis
Goalkeeping Coach: George Wood
Club Doctor: Bill Jasper
Physiotherapist: Alex Manos
Assistant Physiotherapist/Under-21 Physiotherapist: John Stannard
Assistant First Team Physiotherapist: Matthew Roberts
Head of Sports Science & Strength and Conditioning: Scott Guyett
Strength & Conditioning Coach: Andy Page
Rehabilitation Coach: Joe Best
Masseurs: Ian Evans & Chris Swallows
Video Analyst: Liam Sweeting
Kit Manager: Brian Rogers
Assistant Kit Manager: Danny Young