Tony Pulis is holding urgent talks with Crystal Palace co-chairman Steve Parish over his future at the club, according to Sky Sports sources and multiple reports.
According to BBC Sport, Pulis has been frustrated by the club failing to push through deals for various players he targeted to strengthen the Palace squad.
The Palace manager oversaw training as well as the signing of Liverpool defender Martin Kelly on Thursday, but he is then believed to have traveled to a central London hotel for a meeting with Parish. Pulis is reportedly at odds with the club’s board over their dealings in the transfer market this summer, having missed out on several of his top targets.
He has managed to complete the signings of Kelly, Brede Hangeland and Frazier Campbell, but it appears Pulis is not happy with his squad just two days before they kick off the season against Arsenal. The news is a devastating blow for Palace considering how Pulis transformed the club’s fortunes when he was brought in to succeed Ian Holloway last season.
The Eagles had won only one of their opening 11 Premier League fixtures when Pulis arrived towards the end of November, but the former Stoke boss soon steered the club away from the relegation zone. Palace won three of his first four games in charge, and a superb run of five consecutive wins over March and April ensured top-flight football for this season.
An 11th-place finish was the club’s highest finish since the launch of the Premier League in 1992, and Pulis had hoped to build on that achievement over the summer. But a lack of transfer funds has apparently caused rows behind the scenes, and his future remains uncertain just 48 hours before the start of the new season.