sport

Pulis hails 'unity' at Palace

Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis believes the 'unity' at the club has helped the Eagles rise out of the relegation zone and into the safety of mid-table in the Premier League.

When Pulis replaced Ian Holloway in November, Palace had collected just four points from their opening 11 games.

However, the next 23 fixtures yielded 36 points and, following Wednesday's surprise victory at Goodison Park, they are currently 11th in the standings.

Although Palace are not yet mathematically certain of playing in the Premier League next season, this status is likely to be confirmed over the holiday weekend with the club now 10 points clear of the drop zone and just four matches remaining.

And Pulis preferred to focus on the spirit currently within Selhurst Park, rather than talk about his own influence in turning the team's fortunes around.

A number of people have suggested Pulis should be named manager of the year but he steered clear of such comments, saying: "That's for other people to decide. Accolades come and go.

"The important thing is you enjoy your job and I enjoy being a manager and I enjoy coaching.

"I love being out on the training ground and if I could do that every day for the next 10 to 15 years I'd be absolutely delighted."

As for the excellent run of results Palace have enjoyed since he moved to south London, Pulis added: "We've managed to bring this club together. The whole club has come together.

"The supporters, whether you're a young supporter or an older supporter, the atmosphere here, the people in the boardroom, everybody has just come together as one.

"And it's been that community togetherness that has been the basis of the success that we've achieved."