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Parish rules out Pulis exit

Co-chairman Steve Parish is confident that Tony Pulis will remain Crystal Palace's manager and hopes to offer him a longer deal at Selhurst Park.

Pulis has received plenty of praise after securing the club's Premier League status, but last week refused to guarantee he would still be in charge next season, sparking speculation about his future.

These comments have failed to concern Parish, who is certain that Pulis will see out the further two years on his contract and is keen for him to stay beyond that.

Asked if Pulis would be at the club next season, Parish told Sky Sports News: "Absolutely. Tony's contracted here for two more years.

"We've got to sit down and discuss how we go forward in the summer, make sure that we're on the same page and I think that we will be. But I don't expect anything different than for Tony to be here.

"As Tony just said in his interview, you can never say never and if Barcelona ring him up and want him to go there, then possibly we might lose him.

"I think realistically Tony's committed here and we're committed to Tony. We've got a great thing going.

"Tony likes to build things. He did that at Stoke. I think everybody at Stoke would be grateful for the contribution he made there and we're looking for the same contribution. Not just over the next couple of years but beyond that.

"So absolutely I believe he'll be here next year and I'm looking forward to working with him for many years past that."

Parish admits there were some 'difficult moments' during the early weeks of Pulis' reign, but believes he has built up a strong bond with the Eagles boss.

The south Londoners are determined to build on their successful first season back in the Premier League and Pulis is a key part of their long-term plans.

"When you get thrown together you don't really know each other and you've promised the manager you'll spend money and the manager's waiting to see if you're really going to do it," he said.

"It's a difficult time, it's unsettling for everybody and I think it's fair to say that there were some difficult moments. But they were dealt with in a forthright manner and we got through them and I think the relationship's been very strong since then and I'm sure it will be strong for the future as well.

"He's got a cast iron two-years left on his contract from this season. Obviously I'll be having conversations with him about beyond that. We want to build a platform at this football club and I don't think you can necessarily do that in a short timeframe, but everything's got to be right for Tony and right for the football club."

Long-serving goalkeeper Julian Speroni is amongst a group of players who will be out of contract in the summer and Parish confirmed talks over new deals will begin once the season ends.

"We'll be opening negotiations with those guys that we want to keep on and talking to the people that perhaps we don't," he said.

"Tony is over the top of all of that. I'm there to help him and that will all start happening post the Fulham game next week."