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Tony Pulis refuses to reveal why he really left Crystal Palace

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FORMER Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis has refused to reveal the full reasoning behind his Eagles departure in August. Speaking on Sky Sports' Goals On Sunday show, the 56-year-old admitted the relationship with chairman Steve Parish may have not been as smooth as he'd like but refused to get involved in any war of words. Instead, Pulis looked back fondly on his ten months in charge at Selhurst Park and only had positive words to say about the club. "For me to sit here and say there wasn't differences between me and Steve would be ridiculous," said Pulis. "Having said that, the Thursday before the Arsenal game I go for dinner with Steve and he actually paid for it, which is unusual for Steve to pick up the bill! "You have a look at Steve Parish and the other three directors at that football club and what they've done, four years ago they were in administration and were going out of business. "Not only did they keep it afloat, they kept them in the Championship then promoted, they have gone into the Premiership and Steve Parish is the only chairman that kept them up. "I would rather talk about all the positives. I had ten months there, ten fantastic months of my career as a football manager. "I wish them all the best and I think it's very, very important that the supporters stick behind Neil (Warnock), the chairman and the players. They were such an important part of last year's success. "It's only right that a chairman, who actively puts his money into a football club, he has a responsibility to actually ask what you're doing and what you're not doing. "I haven't got a problem with that. The other issues, I don't really want to go into it. "The last time I spoke to Steve was on the Thursday before the Arsenal game and that's the way I'd like to leave it." Fans sent in their questions to the Sky show, with one supporter asking why he didn't leave before pre-season. Pressed further by presenter Ben Shepherd, Pulis played down one national media report that his wife threatened to leave him if he stayed at Palace. And looking back on what t club went through, Pulis wished Parish and the board of directors well, saying they deserve their time in the Premier League after saving the club four years ago from administration. "I don't think there's ever a good time to leave a football club, I really don't," he said. "It just got to that stage where I thought it was best and I made the decision to speak to Steve about certain things and we needed to agree together that we would go our different paths. "I don't really want to go too deeply into it. The only thing is, I have great respect for everything that he has done at the football club in those four years with the other three directors. "They have spent their own money to keep the club afloat. They'll be getting their dividends now in the Premier League. The rewards are absolutely magnificent. "They didn't know they were going to stay in the Championship, they didn't know they were going to be promoted, so they deserve everything they get those four. "Things get put out of context and that's all I'm prepared to say."

Tony Pulis refuses to reveal why he really left Crystal Palace


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