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Pulis unsure of Palace stay

Tony Pulis admits heis unable to reassure Crystal Palace fans that he will definitely remain in charge at Selhurst Park next season.

Pulis takes his side to relegated Fulham on Sunday after presiding over a remarkable turnaround in the club's fortunes, leading them from the bottom three in November to a guaranteed mid-table finish.

But after meeting Palace chairman Steve Parrish earlier in the week, Pulis revealed his future should become clearer once the pair have met again after the season has drawn to a close.

"Will I be here next season? I hope so," Pulis said. "I've got two years left on my contract but there are managers with longer than that who get the sack, so you can never say I'm going to be here 100 per cent.

"I think there are certain things that should be done at football clubs to enable them to be successful.

"The club has a window of opportunity, the best opportunity the club has had for a long, long time to actually go forth and improve on and off the pitch.

"I had a smashing meeting with Steve on Thursday. We'll get the game out of the way on Sunday and Steve will have spoken to the other directors about my thoughts about moving the club on, and we will all be having dinner again next week when no doubt those discussions will go on further.

"You can't stop speculation and people saying he's going to do this or that. The two most important people at a club are the chairman and the manager. My relationship with Steve has grown stronger and stronger the longer I have been at the club."

Pulis is keen to develop his relationship with Parrish further in order to try and ensure Palace remain a Premier League side for many years to come.

"There's so much work to be done but Steve recognises that," he said. "Are we at loggerheads? No we aren't, he understands what's needed.

"Stoke had been outside the top league for 20-odd years and that shouldn't have happened with the support up there.

"I had a chairman who agreed with what we wanted to do. If the two of you pull in the same way and you get results you can move mountains. We did that at Stoke and we can do it at Palace.

"I've been amazed about how passionate the supporters have been and how big the club could be - there are millions of chimney pots around here, and wherever there are chimney pots there are people who will come and watch football."