Ahead of this afternoon’s game between Crystal Palace and his West Brom side, Tony Pulis has claimed he would have liked to stay at Selhurst Park longer than he did, a lie of epic proportions.
This extensive interview with Pulis sees him suggest that he would have loved to stay in SE25 beyond 2014, whilst also claiming that he’s on good terms with the club to this day, a strange stance to take when you consider that we are currently attempting to sue him.
Whilst some may believe the former Palace manager’s words in the interview attached above, it’s easy to forget how readily he manipulated the press in his favour during his time at the football club, particularly towards the end of his reign. Showered with praise from all corners, he was happy to lap up every morsel of appreciation, rather than shift some of it onto the players themselves.
Despite a fair amount of time having passed since, you need only cast your mind back to his final few weeks in charge to remember the tension that grew between him and the board of directors over the transfer funding that was set to be made available, a factor he eventually referenced as a key motivator in his decision to jump ship on the eve of the new season.
Given his truly abrupt exit, which he initiated after prompting Steve Parish to pay two sizeable chunks of a bonus directly to him in one hit, it feels like a typically Machiavellian move from the Welshman to claim that he remains on good terms with everyone in South London.
To many, he’s simply a solid Premier League manager, with a penchant for awful tracksuits and functional football, but to those who have seen him work up close, there is an understanding that he’ll happily play free and easy with the truth to manoeuvre himself into a position of relative strength. Don’t be fooled, every word that leaves his lips in a public setting is calculated.