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Parish Hails Pulis Appointment

25 November 2013

Palace chairman Steve Parish said that he is “buying track record” by bringing new manager Tony Pulis to the club. 

Pulis was officially unveiled to the media on Monday afternoon after signing a two-and-a-half year contract to take charge of the Eagles.

And speaking at the press conference at Palace's Beckenham training ground, Parish was full of praise for the new boss.

He said: “I think you’re buying track record aren’t you? If this club could stay in the Premier League for six years, get in the Europa League and get to an FA Cup Final, with what we’ve been through as a club, you’d be happy. So you’re buying track record.

“Once you know that, it’s important that you feel you can get on with somebody and you share the same thinking in terms of how the football club is built and the things you need to do.

“We’ve talked a lot about the fact that when you’re in the Championship for a long time, everything about the club becomes about that. There’s a kind of acceptance in the place that you’re a Championship club. Tony has changed that mind-set before. 

“That’s a frustration of mine here, frankly, that throughout the whole club, we need to change that mind-set. We need to start believing that we belong here, feel like we belong here and act like we belong here, otherwise we aren’t going to stay here.

“We had three conversations and throughout I got more and more comfortable about making that decision.”

Parish was quizzed on the amount of time it took for Pulis to be named as the successor to Ian Holloway, who departed Selhurst Park back on 23rd October.

But a defiant Parish said: “Did it take so long? What’s the right amount of time to put it right? If you’re hiring a manager for two and a half, three years, hopefully someone who will stay longer than that and help us build the club, you need to get it right.

“We weren’t expecting Ian [Holloway] to go. You’ve got to look at who’s available, have discussions, think about what the right thing is for the club.

“We all want to stay in this division. It’s the best place to be. But if we get relegated, we need the right man to bring us back up as well.

“It was a good opportunity to talk to people and get an appraisal from very learned people in the game and of course we had the luxury of the international break as well.

“And also Keith was doing a great job. I felt Keith had taken the squad back to where they want to be in a playing sense, so I didn’t think there any great desperate need to get someone in because we were ticking over quite nicely, and it’s all worked out quite well.

“We’ve got four points from the last two games. Not many people thought we would achieve that and it’s a great entrance and a platform for Tony to come in on.  

“We are very pleased with the outcome and feel very positive about everything.”

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