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Crystal Palace chief: 'I wanted right decision on manager, not a rushed one'

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EAGLES chairman Steve Parish says he does not care what everyone away from Crystal Palace thought about their manager search, which took a month to conclude.

Ian Holloway departed the club on October 23 – and exactly a month on, Tony Pulis was announced as the new boss ahead of last Saturday's 1-0 win at Hull City.

Parish said he always felt "comfortable" with Keith Millen taking charge of the squad in a caretaker role.

"Did it take so long? What's the right amount of time to get it right?" said Parish.

"If you're hiring a manager for two or three years, hopefully they will stay longer than that and help us build the club.

"We weren't expecting Ian [Holloway] to go, so you've got to look at who is available, have discussions and see what the right thing is for the club now and in the future.

"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.

"We had the luxury of the international break to search for someone as players are away, and also Keith [Millen] was doing a great job.

"He took the squad back to where they wanted to be in a playing sense and where they were comfortable. I didn't think there was any desperate need to get somebody in as we were ticking over quite nicely.

"It's all worked out quite well, and four points from the last two games; not many people thought we'd achieve that. It's a great platform for Tony to come in on."

There have been suggestions Pulis was pushing for transfer-window activity in January as a condition of coming to the club.

But for the time being he will have to work with what he's got, including the glut of summer signings brought in by his predecessor.

Parish added: "You won't find a football club where everyone in the squad is vying for a position in the first team all of the time.

"You will always have players who are out injured or off-form, so we'll see. But I am happy with the players we've brought in and I'm not looking to discard them yet."

Crystal Palace chief: 'I wanted right decision on manager, not a rushed one'


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