Pulis appointed Crystal Palace manager
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Tony Pulis has been appointed as the new manager of Crystal Palace, the English Premier League strugglers announced on Saturday. The 55-year-old Welshman has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract and arrives at Selhurst Park with the London club six points from safety at the foot of the Premier League table.

"Crystal Palace Football Club are delighted to announce the appointment of Tony Pulis as manager on a two-and-a-half-year contract," read a statement on the Palace website. "Pulis will take charge of the first team following today's game against Hull City, with caretaker boss Keith Millen remaining in the dugout at the KC Stadium."

Pulis was due to watch Palace's trip to Hull from the stands, with his first game in charge scheduled to be a trip to Norwich City in the league on 30 November. Palace have struggled since being promoted last season, losing nine of their first 11 games this term.

They have been without a permanent manager since Ian Holloway left the club exactly a month ago on 23 October, in the aftermath of a 4-1 defeat at home to Fulham.

Pulis made his name as a manager at Stoke City, leading the club to promotion from the Championship in 2008 and turning them into an established top-flight side over the following five seasons. He left Stoke in May after a 13th-place finish in the Premier League last season.