After less than one season at Selhurst Park, Tony Pulis appears set to leave Crystal Palace. Amid reports that the manager was at odds with the club over lack of support in the transfer market, the former Stoke boss has left the Eagles, leaving the team without a manager two days before opening the 2014-15 season against Arsenal.
Pulis joined Palace in November in the wake of Ian Holloway’s departure. Over the course of the next six months, the Welsh manager lifted his new club into 11th place, saving a team man picked to go down at the onset of the season.
In the wake of that success, Pulis has lobbied for more money in the transfer market. Unable to come to a resolution during talks with co-chairman Steve Parish, the 56-year-old has reportedly walked away from the job:
Though Palace has had a quiet summer, the team has been able to bring in Brede Hangeland, Martin Kelly, and Frazier Campbell. Combined with the results the Eagles posted in the second half of the season (and the two-plus weeks remaining in the transfer window), the club had reason to be conservative in its approach, particularly in light of Pulis’s failure to do more with Stoke’s £80 million net spend in his last five years at the Britannia Stadium.
Unfortunately, Pulis and Parish had engineered a lose-lose. Without Pulis, last year’s results mean nothing; at least, as it concerns how the squad will perform this season. And without Palace, Pulis is out of a job, with six months’ work forming a squad tossed out the window.
Catch up on all of Friday’s EURO qualification action, as two more teams have booked a ticket to France.
Spain 4-0 Luxembourg
Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla hadn’t scored a competitive goal for Spain in more than six years, but he scored twice today to help earn his country a berth in EURO 2016. Cazorla and Paco Alcacer scored all four goals for the Spanish, while Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas became Spain’s all-time leader in assists. However, both David Silva of Manchester City and Alvaro Morata of Juventus were forced off with injuries, with Morata’s looking to be serious.
Switzerland 7-0 San Marino
Switzerland led just 1-0 at halftime, but a six-goal second half which included three penalty kicks means the Swiss have secured qualification from Group E for EURO 2016. As expected, Switzerland dominated every aspect of the match against minnows San Marino, and Vladimir Petkovic’s side had seven different goalscorers.
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England 2-0 Estonia
England remained perfect in Group E, taking their ninth win from nine matches today at Wembley. Theo Walcott‘s great scoring form from Arsenal carried over to the national side, opening the scoring just before halftime. In the second half, Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy came on as a substitute and assisted to Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling, who made it 2-0. With a few minutes to play, Tottenham teenager Dele Alli got a short run in his England debut.
Elsewhere in EURO qualifying
Macedonia 0-2 Ukraine
Slovakia 0-1 Belarus
Slovenia 1-1 Lithuania
Liechtenstein 0-2 Sweden
Moldova 1-2 Russia
Montenegro 2-3 Austria
After scoring five goals against Newcastle United, Sergio Aguero may have to wait a bit of time to get back to scoring in the Premier League.
The Manchester City striker lasted just 25 minutes in Argentina’s World Cup qualifier on Thursday, as he was stretchered off with a hamstring injury.
Aguero underwent testing in Argentina, and told the local media “I think I’m going to be out for a month.”
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Manchester City and Argentina teammate Nicolas Otamendi said Aguero was in tears in the dressing room, and some reports have penned the injury as a torn hamstring.
If Aguero were to be ruled out for a month, he would miss City’s Champions League clash vs. Sevilla, as well as the massive Manchester derby away at United on October 25.
To make matters worse for City supporters, David Silva was forced off after just ten minutes while playing for Spain today. Silva took a harsh challenge from behind, and hobbled off with what looked to be an ankle injury. If Silva’s injury ends up being more than just a knock, City could be without their two most important players in the attack.