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Aug 16, 2014

Palace's Parish 'not let down by Pulis'

Arsene Wenger said the departure of manager Tony Pulis from Saturday's opponents Crystal Palace took him completely by surprise.

Crystal Palace co-chairman Steve Parish does not feel let down by former boss Tony Pulis, but expects to see him working again soon.

Pulis stunned Palace by asking to leave his role as manager just two days before the season started, with Parish agreeing to his request. Former Stoke boss Pulis, who guided Palace to a miraculous escape last season, was reportedly unhappy with the way the club had done their transfer business in the summer.

But although Parish is sad to see the Welshman move on, he is adamant he did the right thing by not stopping him from walking.

"I can't explain it, I'd love to be able to tell you everything that went wrong," he told Match of the Day. "There was a good transfer budget agreed, there was a lack of targets that I think the manager felt was good enough in the window and it came to a point where he felt he didn't want to carry on.

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"I can't have people at the football club who aren't 100 percent committed to what we're trying to do, so reluctantly I agreed to let him out of his contract.

"I can't be let down for what he achieved for us. He doesn't owe us but we don't owe him. He did a fantastic job for us but we are what we are. I got this club from administration to where we are now by taking decisions to create a positive environment.

"If people don't feel they can work in that environment then it's fine for them to move on."

Caretaker boss Keith Millen is keen to be considered as a possible replacement for Pulis, and Parish added that he is looking for someone with experience and who can start ahead of the end of the transfer window.

He also thinks that his old boss will be back working again soon.

"You'll have to ask him but I think he intends to work," Parish said. "You have to assume that if he doesn't want to be at this club there's one that can give him the things that he wants and can make him happy."

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