LONDON (AP) — Tony Pulis has left his position as Crystal Palace manager, plunging the club into turmoil just a day before it starts the English Premier League season.
Pulis walked away late Thursday, but Palace wouldn't confirm it until Friday, and said it was by "mutual consent."
Keith Millen, the assistant manager, will take temporary charge of the team for the match at Arsenal on Saturday.
Speaking on Friday, Millen revealed his shock at Pulis' departure.
"We are all shocked from the players to the staff. We knew the frustrations of the club that we hadn't brought in as many players as we wanted but as far as training is concerned we had no inkling this might happen," Millen said.
British media reported that Pulis grew frustrated at the club's lack of transfer activity this offseason, and had a deteriorating relationship with Palace co-chairman Steve Parish. They talked on Thursday after practice.
Palace signed just four players, including Martin Kelly from Liverpool on Thursday, at a combined reported cost of around 2.5 million pounds ($4.2 million). The others were Fraizer Campbell from Cardiff City, and the free transfers of Brede Hangeland from Fulham, and Chris Kettings from Blackpool.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, the longest serving manager in the league, was as stunned as the rest of English football.
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