Tony Pulis thinks he has been given a great opportunity at Crystal Palace

New Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis thinks the job is a very good opportunity for him, despite their current lowly status in the Premier League.

The Eagles won 1-0 at Hull on Saturday to climb off the bottom of the table but they remain 19th, three points away from safety, having won just two of their first 12 games.

However, asked why he had decided to take charge, former Stoke boss Pulis said: “Why not? It’s a club in the Premier League, it’s a smashing club and it’s got a great history.

“It’s going to be a tough job, I know that. I’ve not come into this club with any illusions that it’s not going to be a tough job.

“But it’s an opportunity and a chance to try and achieve something that Palace haven’t achieved, which is to get promoted into the Premier League and then stay there, and then go forward.

“I’m still very, very ambitious, I like climbing hills. This is going to be a tough job but one that I’ll relish.

“Looking at what has happened over the last few years at the football club, I think it’s been a remarkable turnaround.

“I think the board of directors and the chairman (Steve Parish) have to be applauded, not only for looking after the club financially, but for pushing it on.”

Pulis has never been relegated during his long and successful managerial career but says he resents the idea he is solely an expert at crisis management.

“I’ve been promoted out of every division in English football and I’ve been to an FA Cup final,” he said. “People talk about me being a fire-fighter but I’ve also been very successful.

“It annoys me that, in this country, you do get pigeon-holed for certain things. My record is there for everybody to see.

“Everybody talks about the not being relegated thing but I’ve got a few promotions and I’ve been pretty successful, given the chance.”

Regarding Palace’s chances of staying up, Pulis added: “Watching them on Saturday, I thought the attitude was absolutely fantastic.

“Keith (Millen, who has been serving as caretaker manager) has made it clear to me that this is a really good group of lads with great spirit. They will give everything they’ve got for Palace and we need that.

“We may need to wheel and deal a bit in the transfer window. I know Steve will trust me to do what I can for the football club.”

Palace forward Cameron Jerome was critical of Pulis, following the manager’s departure from Stoke, and the pair now find themselves thrust back together.

But Pulis said: “I haven’t spoken to any players personally yet but what happened, happened, and you have got to get on with it.

“I’ve been in the game long enough to take a bit of stick. If I have to dish it back, I’ll dish it back, but that will be between me and the player.

“I thought Cameron did really well at Hull. He was doing what he did at Cardiff, running around and causing havoc.”

Pulis’s predecessor Ian Holloway left on 23 October but Parish defended the time he had taken to appoint a replacement, citing Millen’s success in getting a result at Hull as justification of his approach.

“What’s the right amount of time to get it right?” he said. “If you’re hiring a manager for two to three years, you need to get it right.

“We weren’t expecting Ian to go, so we needed to look at who was available and see who was right for the club.

“Keith was doing a great job and took the squad where they wanted to be. I didn’t see a desperate need to get someone in and it all worked out quite well.

“We have four points from our last two games, which is a great platform for Tony. I don’t bring people into my club after half an hour.”

Regarding Millen’s future, Pulis said: “Keith will be staying. I have worked with him and signed him for Bristol City, so there are no problems there.”

And Parish added: “I think Keith has done a fantastic job and any manager needs to have people around them that they trust.”

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