Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis lays down the law ahead of Norwich City debut test
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Crystal Palace chief Tony Pulis has urged his squad to show him how much they want to play for the Eagles ahead of his first game in charge against Norwich City at Carrow Road.
Pulis has already laid down the law as he bids to guide his new club away from the lower reaches of the Premier League after succeeding Ian Holloway at Selhurst Park.
'There will be no discipline issues while I'm here, hopefully,' he said. 'The one thing I've always tried to embrace, at every club I've been at - the most important thing - is the club and the team. The most important thing is for the players to respect the club, to respect the position they are in. The players have to realise how lucky and fortunate they are and I've told them that. They are extremely lucky individuals. They've got an opportunity to be financially secure in a job that everybody would die for in this country. If you can't be dedicated and single-minded in trying to get the best out of your own ability within the group and within the football club, and respect the club and the group, you shouldn't be a professional footballer. If there are people you don't think fit the group, then you try to get rid of them as quick as you can. Then it's about getting people who understand what you want, what the group is about, and hopefully adding to what this group has.'
Striker Cameron Jerome was critical of Pulis after the duo worked together at Stoke before arriving on a season-long loan prior to Pulis' appointment, but the new Palace chief has downplayed any issues following their reunion.
'Cammy called me and had a good chat with me, and there's absolutely no problem,' he said. 'Cammy played as well I've seen him play when he came on at Hull. I'm not interested in the 'he said, she said' and it comes back to the old adage of sticks and stones. I was brought up in the 1960s, so people saying things and calling me names, I'll laugh them all off.
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'Everything we've given them this week they've embraced. I've opened it up to them as well. I want their contribution as well to what we're trying to achieve and get out of it. They've played quite a few games in this league so they have an understanding. It's about how we handle that together.'
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