On Thursday incredible reports surfaced about Tony Pulis’ future at Crystal Palace.
The reigning Premier League manager of the year, who arrived at Selhurst Park last November with the club entrenched in the relegation zone but turned things around and led them to their highest ever PL finish of 11th, is locked in showdown talks with co-chairman Steve Parish.
According to a report from the Daily Telegraph, which has since been confirmed by ProSoccerTalk sources, Pulis is locked in a meeting with Parish on Thursday to discuss his future at the club.
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Pulis is said to be unhappy that a number of his top transfer targets (Gylfi Sigurdsson and Steven Caulker to name a few) slipped through the net over the summer and Palace have signed just two players with less than 48 hours to go until the start of the new PL campaign. Fraizer Campbell has arrived for a nominal fee from Cardiff City and Martin Kelly arrived on Thursday from Liverpool.
The Eagles have been linked with Stoke City’s Steven Nzonzi and Southampton’s Jack Cork in the past few days but with Pulis’ future up in the air it is doubtful those deals will be confirmed any time soon.
So, does the former Stoke City manager deserve a bit of extra cash?
After rescuing Palace from relegation last season, Pulis galvanized a team who looked doomed for the drop, added a few key buys on the cheap in January and by the end of the season they were pushing for a spot in the top 10. Not too shabby at all. Of course he would have liked more money to spend during the summer but for a club of Palace’s size and with formerly mismanagement almost bringing it to its knees, it is easy to see why the owners don’t want to throw money all over the place.
Pulis deserves backing in the transfer window, 100 percent. If he sticks around after these meetings then expect the Eagles to do a flurry of late deals as the Welshman always used to mastermind on transfer deadline day at Stoke in the past.
However with an increasing nervousness growing around Palace supporters and rumblings of discontent between the manager and the board, all is not well in South London.
Heading into the their final UEFA Champions League Group B game, Manchester United hold their destiny in their own hands, but any slip-up could mean it’s Europa League on Thursday nights for Louis Van Gaal‘s men.
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The Red Devils would have advanced to the knockout stage with a victory over third-place PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday, but slumped to an ugly 0-0 draw instead.
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So, here’s all of the scenarios for the final matchday of the group stage, away to Wolfsburg, in which United would advance to the round of 16 advance:
- A Man United win will see Man United finish top of Group B
- A Man United draw, coupled with a PSV draw or loss (vs. CSKA Moscow), will see Man United finish second in Group B
- A Man United draw, coupled with a PSV victory, will see Man United finish third in Group B
- A Man United loss, coupled with a PSV loss, will see Man United finish second in Group B
- A Man United loss by more than one goal, coupled with a PSV draw, would see Man United finish third in Group B
- A Man United loss, coupled with a PSV win, would see Man United finish third in Group B
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There are your scenarios for Man United as it’s pretty simple to break it down: Win, and they go through. Fail to win, and their fate is completely in the hands of PSV.
The Foxes are top of the Premier League and are led by a surging Jamie Vardy but how long can they keep shocking the world?
With six tough games coming up between now and the start of 2016, Claudio Ranieri‘s men will be pushed to their limit but so far this season they’ve been sensational and Vardy has equaled Manchester United legend Ruud van Nistlerooy’s record of scoring in 10-straight PL games.
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Can he make it 11 in a row on Saturday (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via Live Extra) when United visit the King Power Stadium? As for the Red Devils, they sit in second place and are just one point behind the flying Foxes’. Louis Van Gaal‘s men have certainly flown under the radar so far and our churning out wins at an impressive rate.
Jenna Corrado and I discuss that and more in the latest edition of PST Extra. Click play on the video above to see our chat in full.
Rog and Davo revel in another chapter of the Leicester City fairytale, break down Liverpool’s shock dismantling of Manchester City and discuss Arsenal’s slip against West Brom.
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Joe Hart was forced to leave Manchester City’s 1-0 defeat to Juventus in UEFA Champions League play on Wednesday due to a hamstring injury, which he seemed to incur while making a spectacular one-on-one kick-save late in the second half.
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Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini confirmed after the game that Hart’s injury is indeed a hamstring issue, and went on to say that he would need further tests once the team arrives back in Manchester to determine the severity and how long, if at all, City and England’s no. 1 would be out of action.
Man City, currently third in the Premier League on 26 points, will host eighth-place Southampton at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday (Watch live at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra).