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Crystal Palace strikeforce 'could keep season alive'

Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis says he hopes he has a strikeforce capable of keeping Crystal Palace's season alive until the January transfer window opens. A first half header from Marouane Chamakh's sealed a 1-0 win over West Ham on Tuesday night.

Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis Credit: Press Association

The win lifts Crystal Palace off the foot of the Barclays Premier League, but only three points from safety. Tony Pulis seems to be getting the best Marouane Chamakh and fellow forward Cameron Jerome, and he wants the duo to keep his side in with a shout of survival, adding:

"Chamakh and Cameron never stopped running. Their effort and commitment gave everyone a lift. Chamakh has got good quality and is a good player, he just needs some confidence and hopefully that goal will give him some confidence to grow into the player we need."

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Crystal Palace appoint Pulis as manager

Crystal Palace have confirmed the appointment of Tony Pulis as manager on a two-and-a-half-year contract.

Tony Pulis
Tony Pulis previously managed Stoke City. Credit: PA

Pulis will take charge of the Barclays Premier League side following today's match at Hull.

Pulis will be in the stands at the KC Stadium as caretaker boss Keith Millen leads the Eagles for the final time.

Pulis' first game in charge of Palace will come away to Norwich next weekend.

'Time to impress', says Crystal Palace caretaker manager

Caretaker manager Keith Millen has urged the Crystal Palace players to make an impression when they face Arsenal on Saturday. The former Bristol City boss has taken the reigns at Selhurst Park on a temporary basis after Ian Holloway parted company by mutual consent earlier in the week. He said:

Caretaker manager Keith Millen Credit: Press Association

Keith Millen said: "It really is a challenge. It is the fixture we looked at when it came out at the start of the season. It is the reason we worked so hard last year to get promoted.

"That Wembley day seems a long way off now, how quickly things can change. But I just want the lads to enjoy the occasion, they are not doing it for me as I have told them I'm not looking for the job.

"A new manager will be coming in and it is down to them to start impressing the new manager, whoever that may be, and I think that starts on Saturday."

Arsene Wenger not 'overly concerned' about Wilshere

Arsene Wenger also spoke about Jack Wilshere's ankle. He said he was not "overly concerned", but will keep a close eye on his fitness. Wilshere will be assessed ahead of Saturday game after being substituted during the second half of the midweek Champions League defeat to Borussia Dortmund.

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere gets medical treatment during the Champions League
Arsenal's Jack Wilshere gets medical treatment during the Champions League Credit: Press Association

Arsene Wenger believes with careful management, Wilshere can maintain his fitness following a frustrating spell on the sidelines which scuppered his hopes of playing at both Euro 2012 and the London Olympics: Wenger said:

"No it is not a major problem, but as I told you before the season started I will have to monitor him until he is completely through that period with any doubts and that is what I tried to do."

Arsene Wenger critisices decision to sack Holloway

Arsene Wenger has hit out at Crystal Palace's decision to move on from manager Ian Holloway ahead of Arsenal's trip to Selhurst Park on Saturday. The decision was taken following a 4-1 defeat by fellow-strugglers Fulham which left the Eagles five points adrift of safety in the Premier League.

Arsene Wenger said it was "very harsh on Ian Holloway", because he had done exceptionally well with Crystal Palace.

Read: Contenders for new Crystal Palace manager job

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Crystal Palace confirm Ian Holloway sacking

Crystal Palace have confirmed they have parted company with manager Ian Holloway. In a press conference called this evening, Chairman Steve Parish said:

"Ian felt that a new approach might help keep us in the division. I've enjoyed every minute of working with Ian. He leaves our club with his head held very high. I'd like to put the record straight. We've never fallen out. We've worked together brilliantly. We feel we need to move on to progress."

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Holloway has stepped down as Crystal Palace manager
Holloway has stepped down as Crystal Palace manager Credit: Press Association

You views: Ian Holloway sacked by Crystal Palace

Tell us what you think about Ian Holloway's sacking by tweeting us @itvlondon.

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@itvlondon @itvnews Here we go again the managerial merry-go-round spun by clueless, desperate owners desperate for a quick fix. Tiresome.

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sacking Ian Holloway to get Tony Pulis? That's like trading a broken arm for a broken leg...

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Pretty gutted Ian Holloway has left, he needed just a couple more games to find our strongest 11. We will stay up! #cpfc #believe

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