Crystal Palace's caretaker manager, Keith Millen, has confirmed that he would welcome former Stoke City boss Tony Pulis, as the club near the appointment of a new manager.
Millen, 47, has been in temporary charge of his home-town club since the resignation of Ian Holloway on October the 23rd. During that time he has overseen three matches, gaining just one point, which came in a 0-0 home draw with high-flying Everton.
Crystal Palace find themselves rooted to the bottom of the table with almost a third of the season having passed. They have just one win to-date, and are six points adrift of safety after eleven games of the Premier League season.
Tony Pulis was the early front-runner for the manager's job at Selhurst Park following Holloway's departure, and it appears that the Welshman is prepared to accept the advances of Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish.
Parish has been hunting for a new manager for almost a month, during which time the club have been linked with not only Pulis, but also new Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka, Dinamo Moscow boss Dan Petrescu and even Iain Dowie.
Crystal Palace are now reported as being in 'advanced talks' with the former Stoke City manager, with Millen revealing that he expects this weekend's visit to Hull City to be his last as manager of the team.
"It looks like maybe this could be my last game in charge. I'm not looking at that. I'm just focusing on the job in hand," Millen told reporters at Thursday's pre-match press conference.
"It's not right to talk about staffing issues until a new man does come in. He will assess what's here and see if he's happy with us. After Saturday, we haven't got a bedding in period. The new man will need to assess the group we've got and settle in quickly."
Millen refused to be drawn as to the legitimacy of reports that Pulis was close to being appointed as the new Eagles boss, but stated that he is just the right type of man for the job.
"I think if you look at what's needed, Tony is an experienced manager at this level. I think that would only be a good thing for the club and the players," Millen said.
"We need someone with Premier League experience because a lot of us are very new to this level. We have got to look at the next four games. They are games we feel we can take points from."
Palace midfield maestro Jonny Williams has returned from injury ahead of the club's trip to the KC Stadium, whilst Mile Jedinak, Kagisho Dikgacoi and Barry Bannan are all available for selection.
Is Tony Pulis the right man for the Crystal Palace job?
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