Palace were in the relegation zone when he was appointed but he steered the team to finish strongly in 11th spot at the end of the season.
Pulis’ successful career was underpinned by an early desire to be a manager. He gained an FA coaching badge at just 19 and the UEFA ‘A’ licence only two years later, making him one of the youngest players ever to qualify.
Newport-born Tony served his coaching apprenticeship under Harry Redknapp while still at player at Bournemouth, his fifth club. He stepped up from assistant manager to take the reins at Dean Court when Redknapp left for West Ham in 1992.
Pulis moved to win promotion from the basement division with Gillingham in 1996, establishing the platform for the club’s eventual rise to the second tier for the first time in their history.
Pulis had brief spells with Bristol City and Portsmouth before taking charge of his first spell with Stoke where he pulled off a last-day escape from relegation in 2003.
At Plymouth, the Welshman rescued a struggling team to head off fears of the drop with a respectable finishing position of 14th.
Pulis returned to the Potteries in June, 2006. With resourceful use of the loan market, he recruited several players of Premier League pedigree to celebrate promotion with Stoke two years later. It resulted in Stoke City returning to the top flight after an absence of 23 years with their promotion in 2008.
This was followed up by an extremely successful season in Stoke’s first ever appearance in the Barclays Premier League as Pulis guided his side to a 12th place finish.
In 2009/10, Stoke once again improved on their success of the previous campaign by finishing in 11th place in the Barclays Premier League with 47 points, a place higher and with 2 more points.
Pulis then guided Stoke to The FA Cup for the first time in their history in 2011. This success also ensured European qualification to the Europa League.
Stoke went on to enjoy an excellent campaign in the Europa League as Pulis guided Stoke to the knock out stages of the competition. That same season, (2011/12), he once again secured their top flight status whilst passing personal milestones of over 800 matches in management and 400 specifically with Stoke.
Stoke City and Pulis then parted company at the end of the 2012/13 season after the club enjoyed their 5th consecutive season in the top flight.
Following his appointment at Selhurst Park, Palace were bottom of the table. The Welshman engineered a revival that included victories in a five-match winning streak that resulted in them finishing 11th in the Barclays Premier League. This success ensured Pulis was named Barclays Premier League Manager of the Year 2013/14.
Including his two tenures at the Britannia Stadium, Pulis has managed seven clubs – and never suffered relegation.
Tony was inducted into the LMA Hall of Fame in September 2016, upon reaching his 1000th game in football management with West Bromwich Albion against former club Stoke City.