Tony Pulis: 'Sir Alex Ferguson advised me to manage Crystal Palace'

Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis celebrates victory against Stoke City on January 18, 2014
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Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis reveals that Sir Alex Ferguson advised him to take over at Selhurst Park.

Tony Pulis has revealed that he spoke to Sir Alex Ferguson before deciding to take charge of Crystal Palace last November.

The former Stoke City manager claims that a number of people advised him to steer clear of Selhurst Park, but that Ferguson was very positive when he spoke to him about the vacancy left by Ian Holloway.

"Looking at it, everyone I had spoken to had said it was a difficult one," Pulis told reporters. "Sir Alex Ferguson and Peter Coates, my old chairman, were the only two who said to take it, and they were two good judges. The rest were very negative towards it.

"I hadn't seen Palace play and what they had or didn't have. But I enjoy a challenge. It's in my nature to stand up and try to march people forward and we've done that."

Palace are currently 11th in the Premier League.

Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis smiles prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Hull City at Selhurst Park on January 28, 2014
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